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#1 badlands23

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 01:11 PM

Hi,

I was wondering if anyone could help me. I'd like to take a look at all of the files I have on my laptop. I'm running Windows 7.

I used to be able to use *.* and it would list jpegs, iso, wav, etc. When I put the *.* into the run box, google pops up.

Any help would be great.

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Posted 28 February 2012 - 06:26 PM

Open a administrator command prompt (Vista and Win7)

start, accessories, right click on command prompt and choose "Run as Adminitrator"

Then type cd\
then type dir *.* /s >(Different drive letter) E:test.txt
So for me dir *.* /s >E:test.txt
created a 14K text file listing of files on this laptop on my flash drive.

If you don't like the formatting
dir /?
will give you a list of the switches for the dir command.

I hope this what you wanted

Good Luck
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#3 badlands23

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 12:10 AM

Thank you. That's a little more complicated than I was hoping for. My problem is that I have iso files that I can't find and I was hoping there was an easy way to run a search for them to take them off the harddrive to clear up some space.

thanks

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 10:53 AM

It isn't really that complicated and of course once you have a text file you can search it to find the file you want's location.

That dir command creates a file listing for each directory.

Or you could substitute *.ISO to only find files with a ISO extension.

Or if you know the name name*.* would find all files that start with name such as name12.mpg or name30.iso

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#5 badlands23

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:11 PM

thanks. i've tried just using *.* in the run box and it pops a google page. does that make sense?

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:13 PM

Yes, Chrome is the first thing that shows up in the start menu search results when you type that. When you press Enter, that is what will open.

Edited by LucheLibre, 29 February 2012 - 04:13 PM.

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Posted 29 February 2012 - 04:14 PM

when i use the run function and put in *.* I get an error saying "windows cannot find file name *.*"

when i put *.* in the search box, it opens up the google home page.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:18 AM

so, besides the instructions above, there is no generic/fast way to look for files? I try the *.iso and i get nothing, which i found odd.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 09:43 AM

You posted that you wanted a searchable list of all files and the instructions provided are the best way to do that.

In searching for something more specific (like an ISO), you can click the start orb, click Computer, and type *.iso in the search box in the upper right corner of the window.

The downside to that is the time each search will take. Having a pre-made list allows you to make many rapid searches for different things.

Edited by LucheLibre, 01 March 2012 - 11:21 AM.

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Posted 01 March 2012 - 10:31 AM

Start orb > Search box > type C:\Users\<username>\AppData\Local\VirtualStore > press Enter

Let me know how that works for you.

Edited by sundavis, 01 March 2012 - 10:35 AM.


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Posted 01 March 2012 - 11:23 AM

thank you. appreciate the help! i used luchelibre's suggestion




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