After reading much praise of this application for a long time here at DC, I finally had the time and nothing in particular else to do yesterday afternoon (before some other storm hit the fan!), so I downloaded and installed Locate32. Beta version. And of course since I had never installed a "stable" version, which includes the Windows installer, I had to figure out where to put which file and what to run to get the DB in place, etc., etc. (What an idiot I am! Figured it out and ran the installer with the released version on my notebook after this and it was much easier!).
Anyway, I haven't had a chance yet to run through any serious searches - what I lovingly call my "PANIC searches"!! - what I have done so far was pretty darn impressive based on both speed and on the items it did find. For example I searched using the first five characters for a file that I know is buried pretty deep and that there is only one possible result for those characters, and it had the result before I even finished typing! Of course I type extremely fast; about 15 to 20 words per minute!! If I look at the keys the whole time.... But Locate32 had the filename sitting there in the results box by the time I looked up from the keys. Very quick. I also tried searching for a filename that I knew positively was repeated exactly 10 times on my PC. Of course it found about triple that - pre-fetch and the like. But all results were that filename I knew about and references/links to that same filename elsewhere.
So at first blush, Locate32 is impressing the heck out of me!!