A highly impressive program to search files and folders based on their names stored in a database.
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Locate32 is a little known but highly impressive desktop search program and it is my new top pick.
It works like update db and locate commands in Unix based systems. In other words, it uses databases to store information about directory structures and uses these databases in searches. The use of these databases provides very fast searching speed.
The software includes a dialog based application as well as console programs which can be used to both update and access databases. Supported operation systems are Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7 (32 & 64-bit versions available).
Locate32 does NOT have to be running at all times like both Copernic and Google desktop. In my tests, it is quite fast. Plus, I really like not having to have it run all the time. Just remember to update the databases fairly regularly.
Please note that finding words within files is somewhat difficult to find. At first, I didn't believe that it included this feature, but it is included. You just have to look to find the feature. Available in many languages.
Locate32 was reviewed by Gizmos Freeware on based on version 18.104.22.16800.