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Smart and fast search tool

I regularly need to search for programs or specific text over several volumes (nearly a terabyte of data). I have asked this question in the past but received negative results.

In the past I grudgingly used the barely adequate search tool that Windows 2K provides. I could search multiple volumes by separating them with a semicolon (;) in the "LOOK IN" box. To my utter dismay, I just found out that Windows XP DOESN'T allow this!

My question is: I am looking for a better search tool with the following criteria.

- Search multiple volumes (they never change so this could be set) in a single search;
- Use Boolean logic (AND, OR, NOT, etc);
- Use smart caching to speed up searching;
- Find similar names in a search (so that exact spelling is not required);
- Not only search for file names but also look inside text files for names;
- Search for multiple names simultaneously (e.g. search for files with the names cat OR dog - see Boolean logic);
- Have all the similar features of Microsoft's search tool such as date and size restrictions.

As a bonus (it doesn't have to be the same program) 100 additional points for a good DUPLICATE FILE CHECKER that doesn't crash when checking 100000 files. I have tried a few but they are obviously designed for home users. Please, answer this question ONLY if you have real experience with such a program and a large number of files. Just searching Google will reveal many of these programs. I am currently testing one from ABC-view.com.

Thank you,

I also have a few other high value questions:
http://experts-exchange.com/Web/Graphics/Q_21418476.html  - 250pts
http://experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Handhelds_Wireless/Q_21418424.html  - 250pts
http://experts-exchange.com/Hardware/Q_21411451.html  - 300pts
http://experts-exchange.com/Web/Browser_Issues/Q_21406038.html  - 125pts
http://experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/Win2000/Q_21379033.html - 125pts
Shawn Connelly
Shawn Connelly
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Duncan MeyersCommented:
Copernic (http://www.copernic.com) works pretty well. I've been using it for a while and it is fast and reliable.  
Duncan MeyersCommented:

" Supports advanced Boolean operators (AND/+, OR, NOT/-), quotes (exact phrase or whole word) and parentheses."
" Automatically indexes on-the-fly new and updated files in the background (Windows NT/2000/XP required), including new emails sent or received with Microsoft Outlook."
" Offers specific sorting and grouping fields for each search category in order to ease result viewing."

And so on..
Shawn ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
Thank you Myersd. I'll research this product and respond back next week.
Shawn ConnellyTechnical WriterAuthor Commented:
I'm back finally!

meyersd: I cannot believe that this company gives away Copernic for FREE! I had previously paid a lot for dtsearch and this free Copernic is superior in almost every way!

I have indexed email and documents (about 490 gigabytes!) and a fairly complex search requires less than 15 seconds to complete. The index file size is only 1.79Gb which might seem like a lot until you consider that it is also indexing the contents of any document (word, text, pdf) up to 100k in size.


But I did email the company with a few suggestions for improvements:

1. Provide a right click option, "Open to folder" in file explorer containing the resulting document;
2. Allow the resulting search item to be renamed (you do currently allow copy/move/delete - thank you!);
3. Allow user to mark multiple search results (it is frustrating that I can only move one document at a time);
4. (related to 3) Copernic should keep track of minor changes make such as when I remove a dozen documents from within the search results and allow for a "quick re-indexing";
5. Copernic is ripe to be made into a fantastic duplicate document finder.
6. More flexibility in instructing Copernic which documents to index and index within document. A whitelist and/or blacklist would be a very useful addition. E.g. there are a number of files that I wish Copernic to ignore;
7. Ability to highlight certain documents based upon extension or file location (folder);
8. Another nice feature is for Copernic to offer a web interface so that a desktop index may be searched from anywhere on my network.
9. (related to 8) A network ready version of Copernic where clients can share the same networked index;

Thank you again!
Duncan MeyersCommented:
Glad to be of assistance!

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