Of course, what I typically do is run a File Prefix/Suffix (Extension) search on removable data drives (USB sticks, DVDs, External HDDs). I simply want to ask, “Show me all FR*.* on Drive I:”. Very straightforward on just about every DOS version, and every Windows version until SEARCH 4.0 was delivered (Vista and later).
I don’t want to waste ONE SECOND searching thru already-searched index files for every other HDD on my system. I know the files aren’t there! It’s the newly-connected storage that I ONLY want to search.
It’s soooo unbelievably frustrating to see the simplest of tools wrapped up in some new GUI and then gutted for functionality.
Not only that, the File Manager since XP (“Windows Explorer” is the proper and sadly confusing name) has degraded with Vista and beyond, too.
I used to use my Cursor Keys as a Select function - move up or down folders with my cursor keys in the Left Pane, and I’d see folder-by-folder File Contents in the Right.
No more! I have to use my bleepin’ MOUSE to select any “selected” folder to display their contents. SOOO frustrating - and incredibly dangerous because I love to think I’m still using a functional File Manager with my cursor keys, only to tap the Keyboard’s DELETE key and THEN discover I’ve deleted some parent folder structure! Grrr…
While we’re seeing some wailing and gnashing of small-developer teeth over the New Start Button on W8.1, and others are griping that “Microsoft is undercutting small developers!”. But Microsoft has obviously gutted their File Manager and Search functions and left THOSE services - once good enough in XP - wide open for “small developers” to provide replacements.
And so far, just about EVERY replacement is superior to Vista-W7-W8 file managers.
[I]Anyone recall the USS THRESHER? The sub that dove to its death in the early '60s? THIS is what how I consider Microsoft’s “u-turn” in so many of their UI services. U-Turn? Yeah. Like the THRESHER. [/I]