Discussion Everything search - Great search replacement for Win10

Chiefcrowe

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Just tried a new search program that is much faster and seems a LOT better than the built in windows 10 search. Not sure why they can't do this....

It's worth checking out! (Now we need them to fix the broken search in Outlook 2016!!!)

https://www.voidtools.com/faq
 

Iron Woode

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mindless1

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Does Fileseek build an index? That looks like a primary difference, that Everything's index database can become old if you don't leave it running (minimized to taskbar tray), or be waking up drives to scan for changes when you load it if not kept running in the background, but then when you search for something it is lightning fast to not have to search all volumes again, literally only takes milliseconds to display the results and I'm talking about results from over 20 volumes, over a network, removable devices, memory cards, DVDs, flash drives, etc. that aren't even plugged in.

I do have Everything on a system that it has ran on for a while, but I can't remember the syntax for certain things like searching for *all* duplicates. I mean I know where the file is that I put a list of these search modifiers in but I never did memorize them.

Everything did have some sort of bug that effected my use, something about losing the results on network shares and then rebuilding the index every few minutes regardless of what that interval was set to be in the program, but I reported that and they came out with a fixed version, maybe a year and a half ago.
 
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Chiefcrowe

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Thanks for the post. I just started using it so I'm not a pro at Everything search yet.

It does seem like if you install the service, the indexing happens in the background even if the program isn't running.


Does Fileseek build an index? That looks like a primary difference, that Everything's index database can become old if you don't leave it running (minimized to taskbar tray), or be waking up drives to scan for changes when you load it if not kept running in the background, but then when you search for something it is lightning fast to not have to search all volumes again, literally only takes milliseconds to display the results and I'm talking about results from over 20 volumes, over a network, removable devices, memory cards, DVDs, flash drives, etc. that aren't even plugged in.

I do have Everything on a system that it has ran on for a while, but I can't remember the syntax for certain things like searching for *all* duplicates. I mean I know where the file is that I put a list of these search modifiers in but I never did memorize them.

Everything did have some sort of bug that effected my use, something about losing the results on network shares and then rebuilding the index every few minutes regardless of what that interval was set to be in the program, but I reported that and they came out with a fixed version, maybe a year and a half ago.
 

mindless1

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^ Could be, I never looked into that. When I click the window X to close it, it just minimizes to the taskbar tray and that system has plenty of memory so I don't mind the ~ 135MB it's taking.
 

Kaido

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I use Everything Search for instant searches, and UltraFileSearch for everything else:

https://www.ultrafilesearch.com/

It has a stupid amount of features, yet is easy to use.
 
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Does Fileseek build an index? That looks like a primary difference, that Everything's index database can become old if you don't leave it running (minimized to taskbar tray), or be waking up drives to scan for changes when you load it if not kept running in the background, but then when you search for something it is lightning fast to not have to search all volumes again, literally only takes milliseconds to display the results and I'm talking about results from over 20 volumes, over a network, removable devices, memory cards, DVDs, flash drives, etc. that aren't even plugged in.

I do have Everything on a system that it has ran on for a while, but I can't remember the syntax for certain things like searching for *all* duplicates. I mean I know where the file is that I put a list of these search modifiers in but I never did memorize them.

Everything did have some sort of bug that effected my use, something about losing the results on network shares and then rebuilding the index every few minutes regardless of what that interval was set to be in the program, but I reported that and they came out with a fixed version, maybe a year and a half ago.

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From the FAQ

Does "Everything" miss changes made to the file system if it is not running?
No, "Everything" can be closed and restarted without missing changes made to the file system (even across system restarts).

"Everything" updates the database when it is started.

https://www.voidtools.com/faq/#how_long_will_it_take_to_index_my_files
 

mindless1

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^ That's what I mean but I didn't mention the significance, that its index becomes old then if you have a ton of volumes it's set up to index and need it refreshed, then when you load it you have to wait for it to finish indexing, cannot do a search till that finishes, so instead of taking milliseconds, it takes quite a few seconds, including the time for every single HDD it scans, to spin up, before you can do a search.

That's probably near a minute for my use which is too long a wait. Having it happen when a system is off and then booted, doesn't matter as that particular system gets OS booted maybe twice a year. Maybe they've changed that in subsequent versions, being able to search the old index while it builds a new one, but I doubt it.

If someone is just running it on their one client system and it's just indexing a single SSD in that system that's not a big deal but with many volumes including HDDs across multiple network shares too, it takes long enough that I opted to just leave it running. Chiefcrowe mentioned there's a service but I'm not seeing any problems doing it the way I have, just leaving it running.
 
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Don't know how it competes with the others but for several years I've been using Agent Ransack Free for searches.

From that page: “If I were shipwrecked on a desert isle and could take only one software program with me, it would be Agent Ransack, hands down.”
 
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mindless1

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^ I use both Everything and Agent Ransack, the latter mostly when I'm already at a folder with lots of files and just can't find what I'm looking for in it, so I only see hits for that folder by right clicking the folder to do the Agent Ransack search. Everything works for that too but then I have a lot more files to sort through, takes a few seconds longer.

Everything had been fine for me but recently it seems to not be updating the database on the schedule I set, showing old locations of files instead of new and phantom files that've been deleted. It also almost always fails to scan a USB3 external HDD across a network share. If I manually start a scan of that external HDD it works and keeps the data for it.
 

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Agent Ransack (free version)
I'veused it for several years, and years ago suggesty\ed it on this forum, after which lots of people seem to have also been helped by it.

It's hilariously fast!
 

13Gigatons

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Love Everything.....works super fast to build index and then find what you are looking for.
 
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Love Everything.....works super fast to build index and then find what you are looking for.
I used Agent Ransack last night. Was really quick. I gave up on Windows' Search years ago, used to be OK with it but in more recent versions of Windows it was just driving me crazy, I never could figure out how to use it. Maybe it was me, but once I discovered Agent Ransack, I never looked back.
 

Berryracer

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Just tried a new search program that is much faster and seems a LOT better than the built in windows 10 search. Not sure why they can't do this....

It's worth checking out! (Now we need them to fix the broken search in Outlook 2016!!!)

https://www.voidtools.com/faq
Been using Everything for a couple of years, the best search tool out there. Period. It finds anything instantly and doesn't even need the Windows Indexing service to do this
 
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Question about these search utilities:

I'm doing a search right now. I know the answer is under:

W:\Data

That's a ton of data to search through.

But I also know the answer is under one of these:

W:\data\A
W:\data\B

Can I use one of these to do a simultaneous search of those two and their subdirectories, thus saving having to either search each individually or the humongous W:\data?

I always use Agent Ransack Free, which may support this, but if so, I don't know how to implement it.
 

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