I have found that locating specific files and folders on the computer can be a daunting task; especially if you rely on the Windows based search function which is driven by an index. Windows typically uses the index as a repository (or database listing) of your files and folders. Indexing is a beautiful (and fast) process providing that the file (or folder) you are looking for is listed in the index. If your file and folder is not in the index then the search process is noticeably slower and in my opinion can be a frustrating experience.
Personally, I use the Windows search process only when I have to; otherwise I resort to a third party software option such as UltraSearch. The “cool factor” with UltraSearch is that it does not rely on indexing; instead it relies on the Master File Table (MFT) to spit out its’ results. In my testing this app was very easy to use and was incredibly fast for being a non-indexing search application. Another plus is that there is a portable version available, as well as a full install version, that you can use straight from your flash drive. The only condition to using this app on your PC is that your drives must be formatted using the NTFS file system (which is a Windows standard these days). There are other file (and folder) search apps out there, but this one ranks up there with being blazingly fast. The current version of UltraSearch is in beta and can be downloaded from [ HERE ] .
UltraSearch searches files on local NTFS drives and provides the results within just a few seconds. UltraSearch does not use a previously built index or background process, it achieves its speed by working directly on the Master File Table (MFT) of the NTFS partitions. You can enter a file name or a pattern like *.exe and often will see the results already while typing. Additional information like size and last change date will be shown for the listed files. Moreover, the Explorer context menu is available inside UltraSearch.