A Quick, Faster and Portable Search Tool For Your USB Drive

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Very often we keep all backup files in our pen drives or USB drives and in the same pen drive we carry our important files and documents with us. But as a fact it is very difficult to find a particular file after some time from that pen drive as either we forget the name of the file or the location of the file in the pen drive. If you have Windows Desktop Search or Google Desktop Search installed you can easily find the file if you search it.

But when you plug the same pen drive to another computer you will not be able to search the content anymore because those files have not yet been indexed by the desktop search program and you cannot wait till the desktop search program indexes your pen drive files.

Rather than waiting for the desktop search program to complete the indexing of your pen drive you can carry a faster and portable search tool inside your pen drive and for your pen drive which can search through your pen drive files as soon as you plug it in.

Dropout is one such utility/application that you may try as a portable search engine for your pen drive. Dropout does not require any installation or configuration; it is just like a plug and play device. You need to copy the Dropout.exe file to your pen drive’s root directory. Dropout will let you instantly search through your pen drive files, but it will only search the files, folders and sub folders of the current directory of the Dropout.exe file.


Working Principle:

When you first time run dropout it creates the indexes and stores them in a hidden folder called SearchIndex in the same location where Dropout.exe exists. So every time you plug the pen drive to different computers it will not create indexes every time unless there is a new file or update file comes into picture. Dropout creates indexes in an incremental manner so when ever you have a new file or updating a file dropout will automatically add it to index.


Features of Dropout

1. It is portable and faster.
2. Does not require any installation or complex configurations.
3. It is a full text search engine.
4. Incremental indexing of files
5. Search history via auto complete
6. Indexing happens at background allowing you to search during indexing.



+Ayodhyanath Guru holds a B.Tech degree in Electrical Engineering and has worked with various prestigious clients in the IT industry and presently working as a Software Engineer. He is a part time blogger and presently authors the Jafaloo.Com blog. Being a tech enthusiast Guru likes to surf the web and blogs about interesting technical topics like How-To guides, freewares, Tutorials, Software, Gadgets, web applications etc. Apart from blogging he likes coding in Java/J2EE and PHP.

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