Locate32 - Fast file search
July 5th, 2005
In the world of full blown desktop search utilities such as Copernic Desktop Search and Google DS it might be hard to imagine why someone would use a filename search utility. Well, I very often find myself searching for particular files, not by content but by name (yeah, I still have a good memory for the useless little things) and the big guys are quite clumsy for that task, not seeing the forest for the trees (maybe it’s just me…). So after years of frustrations with some poor implementations of file searching apps I finally found the one I’ve been looking for - Locate32.
This is a very smart, quality application, based on updatedb and locate apps for Unix systems, which performs its main task extremely well and fast - searches for files by filenames on your hard, removable and network drives. It can be fully driven from the keyboard, returns results extremely fast, doesn’t use 100% CPU like some other tools (hardly went over 3% while indexing) and is a pleasure to use overall.