A desktop computer is usually a personal computer intended for use at a common location due to its power use. Desktop search is an application that searches the computers own files without necessarily searching the internet. This search tool is made in such a way that it is able to find your pc stored archives, text documents, sound files, images and web browser history.
While searching for several gigabytes of data the desktop search engine builds up an index database so that it can give its best performance. Index database is whereby the search engine collects and stores data so that retrieval becomes easy during the desktop search. Advantages of indexing are so that speed and performance of the search engine are enhanced and it gets easy to find the relevant documents.
The search tool should be able to search thoroughly through the many different file formats stored. This search tool is able to achieve its speed and effectiveness since it applies filters that identify the file you are searching for. Just like any other search engine the desktop search has several versions:
Auslogics duplicate file finder: this application allows you to look for duplicated files in your hard disk. This search engine doesn’t make it mandatory for you to include the dates hence really easy to use. The application accesses files with different file names and matches the content so that it can identify any duplicates with a different file name.
Search and replace 98: this is quite different from other desktop search engines because it is a very specific engine. It is able to identify specific words in different file locations this can be of an advantage because you can easily rectify mistakes done in a document.
Ava find: this search engine is one of the oldest search tools and is known for its speed and its specificity. It also finds music and videos by just clicking on the music buttons.
X1 professional client: this search engine has modified search features and its main function is to locate email messages and some other files in specific locations.
Copernic desktop search: this search engine is not thoroughly specific in the search since it doesn’t index the stored files therefore as the user you have to add some non default folders. If this is done well it becomes as easy as a child’s play to use this search engine.
Advantages of desktop search
l It is easy to retrieve data even though it wasn’t properly stored well by the user. This is with the aid of some the desktop search engines which are specific and are able to locate certain keywords.
l The search results are displayed easily and fast if there is good indexing.
l The desktop search query results may not be accurate if they are based on indexing, this is because the index may not be properly or fully built up hence the results given are not up to date.
l The search engines deprive one of security especially in a company intranet whereby other employees are able to view the files and folders in your hard drive and the information is private and confidential.