Oh, there is also the genre of search and replace programs, since they are likely to have a find file program as part of their function.
One seems to fit the above list quite well, I actually used it a while back. Even though it was developed years ago, its usage was quite solid and pleasant.
InfoRapid Search and Replace - Ingo Straub (Germany) - Last Update - 2003 - no forumhttp://www.inforapid...ml/searchreplace.htm
Free for non-commercial use
On top of the 17 freebies (any missed of significance ?) you have:
Perhaps a few of those are fast and strong, I mentioned Total Commander is slow, Xyplorer might be fast. One of the reasons for this summary was that for most of us the file managers will be chosen on other criteria. However if a few are truly top-notch on "find files" it would be worth a note. Personally I would be more likely to switch to that file manager.
Search and Replace programs, Disk Catalog programs (often designed for CD's) Dup File Finders and File Compare programs and general file utility programs.
None that I have seen (usually just the screenshot and short discussion) so far seem have the clarity of the search programs, where the issue is simply finding all instances of a file name .. fast. (And perhaps doing basic functions on the file .. viewing, executing, etc.)
Except.. mentioned above p.12
BareGrep (free w/startup splash screen) & BareGrepPro - Bare Metal Software (Australia) 2006 last ver-no forum http://www.baremetal...m/baregrep/index.php
DocFetcher - Open Source - Freeware (p. 18 in thread and lots of good discussion with Qforce)http://docfetcher.so...net/screenshots.html
AutoFocus - (Netherlands) Open Source - Freewarehttp://www.aduna-sof...ofocus/overview.view
rexCrawler - Todd Boyd - free for personal use - no forum (p.21 in thread)http://sites.google.com/site/rexcrawler/
That can be #18 & 19 & 20 & 21 for freeware-file-name-find consideration.
And as mentioned in the intro, the heavy-weights multi-function desktop searches are a different puppy. Since they tend to be overkill for the simple function.
And any rate these are major freeware full-desktop-search programs. Not the programs like Archivarius and the direct X1 and dtSearch ($200)
Copernic Desktop Search Home (Free, Professional $50 per license) - no forumhttp://www.copernic....arch/home/index.html
Yahoo Desktop Search (X1)http://pro.x1.com/?source=Yahoo
Google Desktop Searchhttp://desktop.google.com/
Ask Jeeves (browser-style) - No Forumhttp://sp.ask.com/en...sktop/overview.shtml
Microsoft Windows Search 4.0http://www.microsoft...psearch/default.mspx
Windows Search 4.0 & Windows Desktop Search 3.01 downloads & updates (Add-ons)http://beqiraj.com/w...ows/search/index.asp
Users could indicate whether they are too bulky for the simple tasks, or maybe one or two are totally competent.
Well, while we are here, some of the paid version best-by-test.
And for X1 the free version will be acceptable to many.
X1 Professional Client - $50 - 30-day trial then restricted version, probably ok for many
(PST Archive discussion above p.3 - PST = Outlook ) Is X1 Limited == Yahoo X1. Identical ?http://www.x1.com/products/xds.html
Archivarius 3000 - Likasoft - $40 - no forumhttp://www.likasoft.com/
dtSearch - 30-day evaluation $200http://www.dtsearch.com/
Yahoogroups - (also one for developers, one for news)http://tech.groups.y...;sec=group&slk=1
Page 10 and later -- discussion.
The next mention is a few of the paid search tools that might be worth a look for some even for the simpler searches. And you can find a few above where there are both professional versions and freeware versions.
Master Find - Rose City Software - shareware - $15 - no forumhttp://www.rosecitys...ware.com/MasterFind/
Search GT - Isatech - shareware - $20 - no forum (discussion starts p.11)http://www.search-gt.com/index.html
FindOnClick - 2BrightSparks - shareware - $30 for group of utilities (p.15 favorable post for full search and response)http://www.2brightsp...com/onclick/foc.html
LookDisk 2.95 - Vincenzo Iuorno - Singapore (2006 freeware)http://www.fxsearch.com/ldw_eng/
LookDisk - Iconico - Shareware $30 - ver 4.2http://www.iconico.c.../LookDisk/index.aspx
Sowsoft - Effective File Search - 30-day trial version - $30http://www.sowsoft.com/search.htm
Instand Document Search - $30http://www.sowsoft.c.../document-search.htm
File Search Assistant - Aks-labs - $70http://www.aks-labs....sa_home/download.htm
Disk Search Assistant -Aks-Labs $40 (not on main site)http://www.disk-search.com/
Desktop Find Professional (Italy) $80 - $125 - no forumhttp://www.finddesktop.com/
PowerGrep - JG Soft (Just Great Software - Thailand) $150 - 15-day trial - no forumhttp://www.powergrep.com/
Now we go into Enterprise-land. Note this first one has a free version.
SearchInform Desktop (Free, Standard $49, Professional $200)http://www.searchinf...hinform-desktop.html
ISys Search Software - Desktop 9 - 14-day trial, price undisclosed, resellers, enterprisehttp://www.isys-sear...ysdesktop/index.html
Gaviri Digital Home SearchOS - $40 (NJ - USA) also Professional, Enterprise, OEM - no forumhttp://www.gaviri.co...network-searchos.php
Some more might be findable from the Goebel Group articles (they sell a Google gadget, some database tools, etc).
Desktop Search Tools Matrix http://www.goebelgro...om/desktopmatrix.htm
Search Appliance Matrixhttp://www.goebelgroup.com/sam.htm
Compare Microsoft Live Search Productshttp://www.goebelgro...search_portfolio.htm
And there might be more in the 25-pages above.
Ok, now all skimmed, a few additions made.
And another interesting read with an auxiliary product to Microsoft search.
Evaluation of desktop search applications - Michael Lowehttp://www.kalio.inf...p_Search_Comparison/
Visual Desktop Search - freewarehttp://www.kalio.inf...sual_Desktop_Search/