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I have a lot of data (word files, text files, pdfs, etc) and i need to be able to run a software that will search for keywords within the files.

what do you recommend? freeware is preferred.
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Useful File Utilities by Replsoft.  Hands down one of the better software's you will come across:

Search in several drives or directories simultaneously.
Search files by mask (*.pas;*.cpp;*exe) etc.
Find files created within period of time.
Find files not older than X hours, days, weeks, months from current time.
Find files by size (equal, more than, less than).
Find files by attributes.
Find duplicates files. This files have same name or(and) same size.
Find files by the text string contained within file.

And that is just some of the features of the "Finder".  There is also, "Replacer", "Renamer" and "Batch Replacer".

The interface is slightly awkward and outdated, but the abilities and the features overrule any of the minor downfalls.

You can also do reports in HTML, based on what you find, replace or rename.

If you want to give it a shot, I can give you a crash course.
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