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    file search utility

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    by therockdoctor ·

    How would one go about seeing if there exists a copy of any file in a directory, containing 2900 files, on the network? (directory was supposed to be limited access but some users had read access so could have copied a file somewheres; we need to check to see if they did or not).

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    • #3397109

      file search utility

      by opatzg9 ·

      In reply to file search utility

      From the root of each drive:
      dir filename.ext /s
      /s – recurses subdirectories, doesn’t guarantee they didn’t rename it or move it to their local drive or renamed it on their local drive. You almost need to run a filefind from nortons or start/find search in windows ran from each machine for something in the file.

    • #3397074

      file search utility

      by beanpole ·

      In reply to file search utility

      Try this. I am unsure about network searching, but I use this program at home.

      http://www.funduc.com/dupfiles.htm

    • #3397073

      file search utility

      by beanpole ·

      In reply to file search utility

      Try this. I am unsure about network searching, but I use this program at home.

      http://www.funduc.com/dupfiles.htm

      • #3397072

        file search utility

        by beanpole ·

        In reply to file search utility

        sorry for the duplicate, I was not sure if it sent it or not. Our network hic-up’ed.

      • #3456955

        file search utility

        by therockdoctor ·

        In reply to file search utility

        duplicate response

    • #3397063

      file search utility

      by hinrgman ·

      In reply to file search utility

      I use coolfind. It can do much more than any file utility that is included in windows. It is shareware (free) and can be downloaded from

      http://www.simtel.net/pub/pd/55424.html

      It works extremely well on networks.

      • #3456956

        file search utility

        by therockdoctor ·

        In reply to file search utility

        does not have the capability to read list of file names from a text file…again, do you want to do this 2900 times???

    • #3359864

      file search utility

      by sherart2002 ·

      In reply to file search utility

      How many, many drives? Without auditing turned on, this is like calling up everyone in the phonebook and asking them if they read a classified ad in the local paper. You won’t know unless you check everything.

      The only solution is with a duplicate file finder that uses the file CRC, but if a person is smart, they add just one charcter and the file is no longer the same.

    • #3371328

      Reply To: file search utility

      by marccouture ·

      In reply to file search utility

      Hi,

      You’re actually asking two separate, but related, questions above: one about searching, the other about audit trails.

      The first can be addressed by using a proper search tool that incorporates duplicate file finding (I personally use The Sleuthhound Pro, which is also great for looking for specific contents inside various known and unknown file types). The second is more complex, since that would involve log analysis. There is no simple way of knowing who copied what without proper logging set up from the start, at the user level as well as at the file system level. You don’t mention what server platform you’re using, but a properly configured syslog daemon would do the trick quite nicely.

      Good luck!

      Regards,

      Marc Couture

    • #2736369

      Reply To: file search utility

      by lee ·

      In reply to file search utility

      Check Turbo Searcher at http://www.knownsoft.com, a fast file search utility, search any files instantly include your network computer.
      Lee

    • #2727034

      Reply To: file search utility

      by general ·

      In reply to file search utility

      To find and remove true duplicate files, use NoClone. It features true byte-by-byte comparison, not CRC, thus utmost safe.

      http://noclone.net/

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