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Locate32 finds files and directories based on file names.

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Locate32 finds files and directories based on file and folder names stored in a database. Locate32 saves to a database the names of all files on your hard drives. Once the file indexing has occurred, you can locate files quickly by using the application's search form. It works like "updatedb" and "locate" commands in Unix. 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 that can be used to update and access the databases. Locate32 is not primarily meant to find text or data within files, but it has a primitive feature to do this.

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  • locating
  • searching
  • file names


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  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Mandatory Install. I have been using Locate32 since 2004. I was working at a small dev studio at the time writing back-end PHP code, so I needed something to be able to search all those files and the win search could not cut it. Later I transformed to working for a company that was refurbing the computers that rental centers handed out. It was then I started using portable drives and once again Locate32 was the boss. I had no trouble setting up to index multiple 100GB+ drives. I could find ANY file ANY where at ANY time within milliseconds. This program gets used EVERY DAY and so many times I can't count. There are not many programs that I label 'Mandatory Install' but this is one of them. There may not much to the design but I would rather have a program that works than something pretty and does nothing.

    Posted 08/24/2017
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Simple & Superb & Fast Utility(I think it uses MFT to catalogue databases), How can we define different configuration(i.e. passing arguments like different databases), like One shortcut to find MP3s, another-one for Movies... At last, Please update link for new versions in "About" dialog box. it is dead link. At last this is very useful and fast utility, I use it every day, I have catalogued about my 15TB data and find any file in just few milliseconds or in a second

    Posted 12/05/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    It's a shame you stopped improving it. Greatest search option for windows anyway. Thank you.

    Posted 11/06/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Nice small tool in Windows. Fast file searching, easy to use.

    Posted 04/13/2016
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    A simple, fast and easy to use must have utility for all windows users.

    Posted 12/06/2014
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Intended Audience

System Administrators, End Users/Desktop

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Win32 (MS Windows)

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