A highly impressive program to search files and folders based on their names stored in a database.


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Pros & Cons:

Available for Windows 98/ME/NT4/2000/XP/Vista/7. Much faster than Windows Search. You can choose to include or not include folder names in the search, and can search for text strings within files. Both 32 bit and 64 bit versions available.
Not really a con to me but it is to others--it uses databases to store information about directory structures and uses these databases in searches. Not as full-featured as Copernic or Google.

Our Review:

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 on based on version


I think I have found out how to do it.
Search is running now (It is going to take some time, even if I got the extensions and the excluded folders correct).
Will post back if anyone is interested on what I discovered ?

My XP drive is massive, and I wish to avoid these folders completely (for the rest of my time on earth) -
- Documents and Settings
- Program Files
- Windows
Can this program be told to ignore those Folders ?