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How to get the contents within a Drive/Volume quickly via Delphi

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Using FindFirst I go thru all the files within a disk, this at times takes over an hour.
Does Windows maintain a updated stack of file names which I can pull.

I am aware of Dir /S and it takes similar time as using FindFirst,
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Question by:Allan_Fernandes
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by:MerijnB
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I'm quite sure there is no faster way then enumerating all files using FindFirst. You could try using multiple threads for different folders. What is the bigger picture? Maybe some optimizations can be done on another level.
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by:Allan_Fernandes
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I need it for my backup application. Considered using the File monitoring event (service) but that will reduce the speed of the machine even when backups are not happening.
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I still think the file monitoring service is the way to go. If you only use it to note which files are changed while not actually doing a backup, it will only have a very small impact on the speed of the machine. In my opinion it's a much better approach then enumerating all files (which you will probably have to do anyways in the beginning).
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by:Allan_Fernandes
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I tried it but the file names keep pouring into the event. eg: Opening windows explorer too causes several file names getting in. As I need new files / deleted files I cannot look only at the edited files. Also I need to compare within my list to avoid multiple lines per file.
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Isn't there a reason in the event (created / deleted / edited)? It's been a while since I used it.
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by:Allan_Fernandes
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Yes there is but I need them all three and windows makes several temp files, which come in too.
But thinking again I may be able to discard some temp folders  etc and make it more efficient.
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by:Sinisa Vuk
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there is advanced find file api function FindFirstFile
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by:Allan_Fernandes
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I am currently using it but was wondering if there was ready-made list via the OS
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by:Sinisa Vuk
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Think that FindFirstFile will look into this "list" - if you have files indexed.
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Thanks that makes a large difference
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