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SwiftSearch

Searches NTFS volumes almost instantly

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SwiftSearch is a lightweight program whose purpose is to help you quickly find the files you need on your Windows machine without ever requiring you to index your drives. Most search utilities that achieve similar speeds do so by indexing drives while the computer is idle, but because idleness detection is so difficult to get right, in practice they end up slowing down the whole system just to speed up search. SwiftSearch works differently: given administrator privileges, it completely bypasses the file system (only NTFS supported) and reads the file table directly every time, which speeds up search by many orders of magnitude. Typically searches yield full results in ~10 seconds or less, a significant speedup for many users. As a bonus, this program also supports path-based search (for example, you can search for "*Program*\Windows*"), regular expressions (just start the search name with '>' character), and full directory sizes. Its goal is to be simple, swift, and intuitive to use.

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

    Thank you for updating this tool. It is certainly Swift!

    Posted 01/28/2015
  • 1 of 5 2 of 5 3 of 5 4 of 5 5 of 5

    Crashed on my Win7-64bit machine, shortly after showing the gui

    Posted 09/29/2013
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    This works under Win7PE too! This would be even better if you could use Ctrl+A to select more than one result file and then copy them all using right-click - Send To. At the moment you can only copy one file at a time. Would also be nice if there was a drop-down list for file types; e.g. video files, audio files, image files, so I could type in *fred* and select 'video files' and it would find all files with an extension used by video files (.avi,.mp4, etc.). This kind of search is hard to set up using reg expressions. Would also help if it had a MRU list so we could use previous searches. P.S. A 64-bit version would be useful so we can run it under WinPE 64-bit OS.

    Posted 09/05/2013
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English

Intended Audience

End Users/Desktop

User Interface

Win32 (MS Windows)

Programming Language

C, C++

Registered

2012-12-15

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