How can I search my unstructured data?

Tools like Windows search, or Outlook search will allow you to search within or across unstructured data sets. (Outlook has better search tool than you might expect, offering the ability to perform metadata and content searches across both documents and attachments).

The problem with many search tools is that they have limited use as one-off search tools – they do not offer a “what do I do with results?” function. You will usually not be able to action the results of your search by moving or deleting the documents. A better option is to use a dedicated file analysis or data discovery tool to analyse, reduce, classify and manage your unstructured data stores as well as carry complex searches.

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