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Old 19. Mar 2009, 10:19 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default A decent search tool...

that will search from a CD, or the files within outlook express store folder.
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Old 19. Mar 2009, 10:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Check out the following link:

http://www.techsupportalert.com/best...ch-utility.htm

You might also consider Ransack.
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Old 19. Mar 2009, 10:32 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I checked out this page but none of them will search from a cd. I mean, if I set the store folder on a cd, and give it to my friend, then he can use the built in search to find stuff on the CD. That's kind of what I'm looking for.
I did have a look at Ransack but as it demands .Net installation I discounted it.
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Old 20. Mar 2009, 01:04 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Did you consider Locate32? It might work.
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Everything Search Engine may work for you. Read more about it at ghacks. There is a portable version available.

Update: Sorry, it annoyingly only works on NTFS file systems.
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Old 23. Mar 2009, 10:12 AM   #6 (permalink)
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AgentRansack does it for me. I have used it on several different pcs and laptops with 98 Me, XP, XP Pro, Vista and Vista 64 bit with total success every time. It's worth the small inconvenience of installing .net (which is often needed for other apps anyway).
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Old 23. Mar 2009, 05:48 PM   #7 (permalink)
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FileSeeker works quite well. I use it myself and have never had a complaint.
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Old 28. Mar 2009, 05:48 PM   #8 (permalink)
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Thanks, but none of these work from a CD.
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Old 28. Mar 2009, 07:14 PM   #9 (permalink)
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What is your exact requirement?

Most of the search tools need a path, and then, they search under that path, for the files. Ransack also is a tool to search for files on a hard disk, it is not specifically meant to search CDs. So, if Ransack could have met your requirements, then other searching tools should be able to do the job too.
If you include a particular search tool on the CD, then your friend can choose the path, where he wants to search, and then carry out the search.

Do you need to search for files on the CD, or for text inside the files?
I may not have understood what your requirement is, and if that's the case, then I am sorry. But, please explain things better so we can help you out. We will also learn in the process.

If you want to search for text within files,then you try free grep tools like AstroGrep.

Does Ransack require .NET? I didn't see any such pre-requisite on its home page. Maybe I already have .NET 2.0 on my PC, so it didn't complain while installation too.
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Old 29. Mar 2009, 12:12 AM   #10 (permalink)
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Tes...ransack needs .NET. and given the size of the download, it adds huge amounts of bloat to every program that uses it, so I refuse to install it.

OK I'll try and be clearer, although not sure how as I've already stated:

Lets say I put a load of text files onto a CD, and give it to my friend. He slots in and from the interface that comes up, uses the search box to search the CD contents.
There are tons of CD's that do this, such as Encylopedia Britannica, Movie database etc etc etc

I'm trying to search CD content from CD, not by using an installed search program on a PC.
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