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need help advanced boolean searching query syntax

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#1 bhl


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Posted 25 June 2014 - 08:40 PM

I'm trying to locate some photos that somehow got misfiled.  I never renamed them so they have the camera default name which is no help.  I know they were downloaded in May.  That's the only thing I'm sure of.  I understand syntax searching can be used with boolean logic, but the MS Search tool sux and the MS information has nada that I can easily find.


What I need to run is find (*.jpg or *.RAW) and date is between 5/13/2014 and 5/31/2014.


How do I structure my search?

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 07:02 PM

Camera default names are commonly sequential, things like DSC_1234 where '1234' represents a sequential series of 4 digits - 0001, 0002, 0003 and so on.  If you can locate pix taken with the same camera on 5/13 and on 5/31 that will give you a range of file names to search for.  The numbers begin over at 0001 after reaching 9999 but unless you are a busy professional that's not likely to happen within 3 weeks.


You could also sort by file date, or by date taken, which would at least make scanning each folder very quick.


Neither of these brute-force suggestions address Boolean searching, so might not be too helpful if you have professional-sized archives . . .

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Posted 26 June 2014 - 08:12 PM

Hello bhl,


For most searches (where I know part of the file name), I use Everything (http://www.voidtools.com/).  But when searching a large number of files (over 1.5 million) where there is only a finite date range involved regarding the creation or modification of the file(s), Agent Ransack (http://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack) wins every time.


There is an existing Bleeping Computer thread that deals with a similar situation:



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