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I want to search a list of folders for files larger than a certain size. Does anyone know of a utility or a way to do this in Windows? I have a bunch of folders underneath one folder that I want to search but I don't want to search all of them. Please let me know if you need any additional info to help. Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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by:Adam Brown
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The attached powershell command will get you want you want.
dir -recurse | where {$_.length -gt <number>}

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by:johndoeherty
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Hi,

Would this be under w7 or xp?

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by:Adam Brown
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For info, Powershell comes with Windows 7 (just type powershell at the command prompt) and can be obtained for XP at http://support.microsoft.com/kb/968930
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by:rajesh_rhce
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go to cmd prompt and chk it dir/? and try it.


and also go to search option in windows and chk through wild card * ?.
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by:rockiroads
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simple windows search in xp (and I assume somewhere in win7)

on the left hand side click on "what size is it" and you can select a size
then click on "more advanced options" and select not to search subfolders

now to pick more than one directory, in the folders prompt delimit it by semicolon

c:\mydir1;c:\mydir2
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by:Rob Sanders
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This is in Windows 7. I will give these suggestions a try and post what happens.
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Oh, you can also output the results to a text file like this:
dir -recurse | where {$_.length -gt <number>} > c:\textfile.txt

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by:rockiroads
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if u double click the search bar in explorer (top right) it should bring down some options including size
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by:jcimarron
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tbonejackson--See page 7 and 12 here
http://www.thelongclimb.com/win7powersearch.pdf
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for windows 7 - read this

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Find-a-file-or-folder

gives u ways to search - then click To find a file or folder using the Search folder
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This all seem like pretty good suggestions. However, to clarify a little more, what I need is to be able to execute a search of a folders subfolders, but I want to only include certain subfolders in the search as opposed to including all of them. Rockiroads suggestion is pretty close to what I want to do, but I need to do it in Windows 7.

Also, I am not familiar with running powershell commands so sorry, i might need to be walked through acbrown2010's solution a bit more.
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Also, I checked the Windows 7 guide linked by rockiroads and it is close but it doesn't seem to present any options to include/exclude specific sub folders.
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Im on a win7 box now. In order not to search subdirectories this is one way I found not to search

go to control panel/folder options and click on search tab

or in explorer, click on Organise and select folder and search options, takes you to folder options
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I have not been able to specify multiple directories. crap how they changed something easy and simple to use
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so able to set not to search subdirectories as well as size (win7) but just the one thing missing. havent found a way yet
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got it! in the search results, click on Custom

(eg found parent drive to search on, added search criteria on top right, selected size from there)

on search results there is listed Libraries, Computer, Custom, Interner

I clicked on Custom and went thru and selected the folders I wanted. This then filters the display.

Remember to have indexing on to quicken the search.
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by:Rob Sanders
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That did the trick rockiroads. Thank you so much for the help.
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by:rockiroads
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no worries
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by:rajesh_rhce
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plz
go to cmd mode and

start-> run-> cmd

and where u serch u dir

means which drive  exampl c:,d:, etc

go to than drive prompt

c:\> to d:\>
c:\> d:<-|
syntax is

c:\>dir /o s

o = order
s is size give size of folder and chk it.
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