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Windows Explorer Search Returns No Results


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#1 ssgt.usaf

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 08:40 AM

I am searching a hard drive using windows explorer.  I know what I seek exists on the hard drive.  In addition, the word entered covers more than what I seek, as there are other items with that word in the title.

 

Search results take forever and there are none.  None.  No matter what search term I enter, the results are nil.

 

If I search a drive other than C:, I get results.  Searching C: gets nothing.  I searched the 'net for an answer, but could not find one.  Using the "troubleshooter" found no problem.

 

If I find the item in the programs file and open the file location from there, it brings me to "app data" followed by a few others and "roaming".  What is that? 

 

Finally, I cannot gain access to "documents and settings".  There is a padlock icon.  If I attempt to change permissions, I am denied.

 

What assistance can you offer?

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 01:18 PM

I suggest...that your files on your Windows partition are in dire need of two things:

 

   a.  The chkdsk /r command, run from the command prompt.

 

   b.  Defragging, if your Windows partition is NOT on a SSD...after the chkdsk /r completes.

 

As an alternative...I suggest using Everything Search Engine - http://www.voidtools.com/ .

 

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Posted 22 June 2013 - 07:02 PM

How many "passes" is it supposed to make to defragment a hard drive?  (Seagate 500GB SATA)  The chkdsk took a long time.  Wasn't expecting defrag to take this long or make this many passes.



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Posted 22 June 2013 - 07:10 PM

Took 16 passes.  Whew!  Did searches and it returned results for the words entered.  Thanks so much. 



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Posted 23 June 2013 - 11:58 AM

Glad you resolved it :).

 

Chkdsk /r is more important than defrag...it is the utility that is more likely to have be run more than once.  Defrag is plain slow in comparison to chkdsk /r, probably because it takes more time to move data around.

 

Happy computing :).

 

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