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If you haven't heard of Everything, I can't recommend it enough. It will index all of your files in seconds and search through them in the blink of an eye.

Everything only works on local NTFS volumes, though. Is there anything like this that searches network shares?

I have a SAN that I want to do crazy searches through. We're talking terabytes of data. What do you use?

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For search volumes of that size, I've used a Google Search Appliance. They can be expensive, but they are very customizable and they do an incredible job of indexing things. As a bonus, it will not only index file shares, but you can point it at web resources as well for indexing.

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LAN Search Pro will search Windows shares in an entire domain, workgroup, or server.

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Does not build an index as it searches. Not good if you don't know exactly what are you searching for – Juozas Kontvainis Dec 7 '13 at 9:19

Actually, Everything Search can search on the network, but you have to create a file list.

Go to Tools -> File List Editor Click Edit -> Add folder --> here, select a shared folder on the network and hit OK. Everything Search might freeze and it might take from 1 to 10 minutes or longer to create a list so be patient.

When you see files in the list editor, click File -> Save As... - and save the file somewhere.

Close the File List Editor, in Everything Search main window, click Tools -> Options, from the left hand menu select Indexes --> File Lists, click Add button, select the file that you saved previously, Apply settings and that's it.

From now on when you search it will display results from the network as well.

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