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Posted: August 20th, 2008, 3:30am Report to Moderator
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I am looking for some utility that will do a disk file search, like the Windows offered search engine, but with the ability to select specific directories or subdirectories.

The problem I find with the Windows Search applet is that it wants to look at the entire disk for files containing certain phrases or words, like, say, "Superwin".  I know where those files would be, but that subdirectory contains about 1000 files.  Windows search would find it, sure, but it would take a lot longer because its going to search the entire disk, or large chunks of the disk that it doesn't need to search.

Any suggestions?  I have done some looking on the Web but I have not found anything that really answers my need.  Freeware would be nice, but if it has to be shareware, so be it.
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Posted: August 20th, 2008, 5:46pm Report to Moderator
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   Windows Search does not have to search through the whole drive if you do not want it to.  In the "Look in:" dropdown box go down to the very bottom of the list and select Browse....  That will allow you to select a folder to confine the search to.
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Posted: August 27th, 2008, 8:10pm Report to Moderator
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I have the same problem as Outpost.  Windows' options effectively limit me to searching either a specific directory or hard drive, or all hard drives.  I'd like to be able to limit a search to, for example, two specific drives, or three directories.  Surely there's a utility that does that.  --John
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Posted: August 28th, 2008, 8:43pm Report to Moderator
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I use freeware programme Super Finder ( ).
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Posted: September 2nd, 2008, 1:32am Report to Moderator
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There are two excellent file search utilities put out by Mythicsoft, very user configurable.  Agent Ransack is freeware and more than sufficient for most tasks.  A more powerful program, FileLocator Pro, will search almost anything.  I was made aware of Agent Ransack some years ago by an excellent review it got in PC World.

There's also even a "lite," free version of FileLocator.  This company does only the couple of search products, but what they do, they do well.  (No, I have no interest in or connection to them.)

Mythicsoft's site is at

- David
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