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Verbose Directory Listing of All Files

by multiplexusa / November 5, 2013 5:49 AM PST

I was disappointed when after all these years Microsoft didnt want to easily and verbosely let users print out or file-list every file on their computer or even folder. In the early days of MSDOS 6.22, you could at least create a text file containing a listing of all your files, sizes, and creation dates. Apparently "since about 9-11 the NSA doesnt want us to have access to our own information" heh-heh. Though I can create a text file in XP's DOS Mode, it wont allow me to put the pathname, filename, extension, creation date, modified date, ALL ON THE SAME LINE TOGETHER. I can list some of these in separate listings but not all these attributes TOGETHER. I intend on dumping it into a spreadsheet for specific management purposes.

What free-ware is out there that can do this?

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Free? sure.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 5, 2013 7:23 AM PST
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(NT) Speaking of "tone," there you go again Bob (nt)
by multiplexusa / November 5, 2013 7:36 AM PST
In reply to: Free? sure.
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Yes there is a tone here.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / November 5, 2013 7:49 AM PST

As noted you can do what you want. There are other tools that do this but you seem to want to direct your ire at anyone that dares to answer.

Did you try a Forensic tool if you don't want to write your own?

Example at

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You can still do it ...
by Edward ODaniel / November 5, 2013 1:13 PM PST

but you are not going to (and never were able to get) ALL that information on a single line.

You have always been constrained to only one of the Creation, Written, or Accessed date/times and directory and file name character limit constraints enter the picture. Files were and still are listed under the directory they are found in which consists of the full path to the directory.

Your best bet is the link Bob provided, ESPECIALLY since you intend to use it in a spreadsheet..

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