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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

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