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    How to Find Files? (XP SP-2)

    Periodically I use Search For Files and Folders to find and delete the following specs:

    *mdcbe*.zip *mdbbe*.zip *csav*.zip *bsav*.zip taxnc*.zip

    Is there a utility available that I can catalog the above specs to be run periodically to do the same thing as Search For Files and Folders?

    Thanks, John

    PS: In the MS-DOS days I used:

    ===== Product Information ==============================
    Product: FFF Fast File Finder
    Version: 5.2
    Version Date: 14-Mar-1996
    Product Type: Software
    Basic Distribution Policy (see License, below, for details):
    Shareware, freely distributable by all channels

    Product Description: FileFinder v5.2 - <ASP> Finds Files, & DIRS
    on normal, networked,& CDROM drives & inside
    compressed files, also locates DUP files..
    Extremely fast and versatile. NEW - Ability
    to modify file attributes and stop search
    after user specifed number of matches.

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    Re: How to Find Files? (XP SP-2)

    It's easier than you think, because Command Prompt™ and DEL (see <font color=blue>DEL /?</font color=blue>) come to your rescue!

    Change directory to the highest-level directory necessary, and issue
    <font color=blue>DEL</font color=blue> *mdcbe*.zip *mdbbe*.zip *csav*.zip *bsav*.zip taxnc*.zip <font color=blue>/S /P</font color=blue>

    This will delete all the matching files from that directory and all lower subdirectories (/S). You'll have to say in what directories these files are found, because you may need to start at C: otherwise!

    Because it is possible to delete LOTS that you didn't expect to, I have included the Prompt switch (/P) in the command, which requires you to press Y or N for each file to be deleted which matches the specification. Worth a try to test first time through?

    Running it 'periodically' probably means that you wish to do this as a scheduled task, so if you're not familiar with this mechanism, ask again if you're happy that what's above does what you want.

    PS Does the utility you used to use not work any more?
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    Re: How to Find Files? (XP SP-2)

    Hi Batcher

    Forgot about the power of DOS, it’s cryptic but it works.

    The DOS version of FileFinder v5.2 doesn’t work correctly all the time at command prompt
    Would be nice to have a Windows version of the following:
    http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file/fid,...,5/reviews.html

    Can you have it done during your next coffee break?

    Thanks, John

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    Re: How to Find Files? (XP SP-2)

    One does BATch files, hence my name! (I know my limitations...)
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