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Best file manager/explorer

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#1
Looking for a file manager/explorer, something more versatile than the Windows explorer.

Simple is better, my needs are just for cruising, viewing files/folders....

Of course there are tons of them, many have more features and uses than I want.
Looking for something stable, easy, straight forward.... Freeware.

Any recommendations ?

I'm running Vista if that matters.

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Hello, you may want to check out WinPatrol, neat free program , i love it . Check it out here : BillP Studios - WinPatrol
 

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Hello, you may want to check out WinPatrol, neat free program , i love it . Check it out here : BillP Studios - WinPatrol
Are you sure WinPatrol is a file manager? I've used it, and in my experience it was a process monitor. Their site also says it's a process monitor, so that's probably not what he's looking for :) Unless you know something awesome about it that I don't.

Personally, I don't use a replacement file manager. However, I do really enjoy QTTabBar . It's a free program that really enhances Explorer. It sets up with minimal configuration, but does have a lot of options you can tweak.
 

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    DELL - 27d90219 Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
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    Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
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    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
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Personally, I don't use a replacement file manager. However, I do really enjoy QTTabBar . It's a free program that really enhances Explorer. It sets up with minimal configuration, but does have a lot of options you can tweak.
I don't either. I use FreeCommander for special purposes in addition to Explorer. I used QTTabBar for awhile myself. But I found I was mainly using it because I could put the other drives as tabs. It's annoying when dragging to another tab and the folder disappears inside a sub-folder. That drives me nuts. I have the drives on the side panel in Explorer anyway. Took off QTTabBar after I realized I could right click a drive and hit the 'e' key to open it in a new window. Kind of eliminated my reason to use QTTabBar. Although I agree it's a nice software. Most of those Explorer add-ons I tried caused Explorer to crash or act weird. QTTabBar was very stable on my machine.
 

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Slammer

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I love it mainly because I can keep multiple explorer locations open for different projects I'm working on, without actually having to sift through tons of different open windows. I've also gone through the settings and found several little things that help, like being able to instantly clone a tab by using a custom click on it. I also love that it will open the last set of windows I closed when I start it. I can see how you wouldn't want to use it if it was just keeping drives open, but I use it so much I start to feel really unproductive when I'm working on other computers without it :) And I agree that it is very stable. I don't think I've ever had a single problem with it.

I think your issue with the folders going inside sub-folders is a problem the author is aware of and planning to fix. Then again, there hasn't been an update to it since like August of last year, so who knows when that'll be...

7-zip also has a fairly nice "file manager" interface built in. I certainly wouldn't recommend it as replacement, but I've found it to be useful before, mainly for easily navigating through compressed files and folders alike, without having to pause to extract every compressed file you want to look into. probably not what you're looking for, but worth mentioning.
 

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    4 GB
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    Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (DPMS), 15.3" (34cm x 19cm)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Internal 320 GB
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    Single built in fan
    Mouse
    Touchpad, + Logitech wireless mouse (USB)
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    Built in
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I write a lot of little hotkey programs to do Explorer folders. I like FreeCommander because I can drag a folder onto the Tab Bar and click it, then do the same thing in the other pane. Once those two folders are opposite each other, I can hit the Sync button for recursive sync of the folders. Also I have a lot of apps in the toolbar that will work with the selected files. I don't like to open an app and just leave it open all day. So I use Explorer quite a bit since it has he advantage of already being in memory. But some things are just easier in FreeCommander, such as multiple file rename that's less complicated than Bulk Rename Utility but more sophisticated than Explorer. In those cases it's worth waiting for the app to load.

There are other file managers, and now and then I try one like Q-Dir. But I've been using FreeCommander for so long I hate to be without it. Same with the above mentioned WinPatrol, but for different purposes. :)
 

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    8 GB
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    Some Radeon Cheapie with 512 MB Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
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    750 GB SATA 3G
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Slammer

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I have to say that I haven't hardly ever touched FreeCommander, but it seems to be the de facto standard of alternative managers, and I've heard a lot of good things about it. But since I don't have need for a replacement, I took a quick look at the huge number of toolbar buttons and decided it was too complicated :o Although I imagine that I'd probably get hooked on it if I had some free time to just thoroughly try it out.

I actually had no idea it could be used to sync folders. I'll have to look at it the next time I need to synchronize folders, since it's usually a pain to do it manually for big ones with lots of subfolders.

As for WinPatrol, I used to really like it to. Until it starting causing some annoying BSOD's for me. I haven't heard of that ever happening to anyone else, and I'm pretty sure it was a freak, localized issue, but I've never gone back to it since.
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1545
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 @ 2.00 GHz
    Motherboard
    DELL - 27d90219 Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (DPMS), 15.3" (34cm x 19cm)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Internal 320 GB
    Portable 320 GB used for separate storage of media, plugged into USB port as needed.
    Cooling
    Single built in fan
    Mouse
    Touchpad, + Logitech wireless mouse (USB)
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Internet Speed
    ~150 kilobytes/sec DL
    Other Info
    Usually have low HD free space left (<10 GB), often left on overnight. I really push its capabilities.

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Even though I've used FreeCommander for years I almost never use the "System Folders" drop down. Just too many to look through. But the main functions are straight forward. Also the rename is great.

The sync is very cool because when you do the compare it pops up side by side lists telling you which file has a copy in each list and which way the copy would go if you sync. Then when you press the sync button there's a summary how many files would be copied in each direction. Eases the paranoia about copying over the wrong way. Very well done.

I haven't tried the new beta because it doesn't have Rename implemented. Once it's released though I have to try out the 64 bit version.
 

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    Phenom X4 9850
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    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Some Radeon Cheapie with 512 MB Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    750 GB SATA 3G
    2 SIIG Superspeed docks w/WD Caviar Black Sata II or III

Slammer

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#10
Are there advanced options for determining what needs to be updated in a sync? I remember using a program called Beyond Compare quite a while back, and it had some pretty neat ways of determining if some file in both places had been updated, such as by bigger size or date last modified. Does FreeCommander do stuff like that?
 

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System One

  • Manufacturer/Model
    Dell Inspiron 1545
    CPU
    Intel Core 2 Duo T6400 @ 2.00 GHz
    Motherboard
    DELL - 27d90219 Phoenix ROM BIOS PLUS Version 1.10 A05
    Memory
    4 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Mobile Intel(R) 4 Series Express Chipset Family
    Sound Card
    IDT High Definition Audio CODEC
    Monitor(s) Displays
    Generic PnP Monitor (DPMS), 15.3" (34cm x 19cm)
    Screen Resolution
    1366x768
    Hard Drives
    Internal 320 GB
    Portable 320 GB used for separate storage of media, plugged into USB port as needed.
    Cooling
    Single built in fan
    Mouse
    Touchpad, + Logitech wireless mouse (USB)
    Keyboard
    Built in
    Internet Speed
    ~150 kilobytes/sec DL
    Other Info
    Usually have low HD free space left (<10 GB), often left on overnight. I really push its capabilities.

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I just use it manually. Each item in the list can be bypassed individually. There may be settings but it's faster for me just to look and disable any copies I don't want. I do backup via image or drag and drop of files. Sync I pretty much only do with source code.

http://www.freecommander.com/fc_guide_en.htm

The one thing that is poor is documentation. The developer doesn't like to write help files. Other than the several years old .chm you need to look in granny's tutorials for more up to date info.
 

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  • Manufacturer/Model
    HP Pavilion m9515y
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    Phenom X4 9850
    Memory
    8 GB
    Graphics Card(s)
    Some Radeon Cheapie with 512 MB Ram
    Monitor(s) Displays
    CRT
    Screen Resolution
    1280x1024
    Hard Drives
    750 GB SATA 3G
    2 SIIG Superspeed docks w/WD Caviar Black Sata II or III

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