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Searching through a windows drive, looking for specific files

Posted on 2011-10-19
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Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Is it possible to search through windows drive using DOS or best method

I am looking for .avi, .jpg and hidden files ?

drive is corrupt and I think in some cases holding inaccurate volume size
Question by:Europa MacDonald
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Sure, you can use the Dir command

For example:

dir *.jpg     will list all jpg file
dir *.jpg /s   will list all jpg files in the current folder and all subfolders
dir *.exe /w    will list all exe files in a wide format (files will be listed across the screen. It fits more files per page.

Here is a good reference for various switchwes for the dir command:

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by:Europa MacDonald
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would that search every folder on the drive or just the root ?
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flubbster earned 2000 total points
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If you start at the root (c:\) and use the /s switch, it will search every folder and sub-folder

so, to search for a jpg file on the entire drive, you could execute this:

dir c:\*.jpg /s /p

/s = sub-folders
/p = pause after each full page of listings
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by:Dr. Klahn
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If the drive is corrupt, then perhaps a drive recovery tool would be a better choice.  Most of them allow selection for specific file extensions, and also for file recovery by examined type -- i.e., the program examines the contents of the file to see what it actually is.  Personally I use R-Studio, but there are many equally good programs out there.  

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