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Windows 10 search doesn't find files on secondary hard drive


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#1 Robo11

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Posted 26 April 2016 - 07:11 PM

Hello.

 

I just finished upgrading my PC with a SSD and installing Windows 10 onto it, but I'm having issues with the start menu search. My SSD is the C drive, and has the OS on it. I also have a HDD for storing documents, photos, etc. which is drive D. I added the folder on the D drive containing all of my files to the index options and rebuilt the index, but the start search still won't find any files on my D drive unless I click the "Search my Stuff" button at the bottom of the start search menu, which I don't believe should be necessary.

 

I have no clue what the issue is, as it's a clean Windows installation. Thank you for your time.



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Posted 26 April 2016 - 07:27 PM

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            The following is not a direct solution.  I have not liked Windows Search since Windows 7, and I generally do searches like I did for Windows 7 and earlier and that's on file name (or a wildcarded or regular expression representing same).  If this characterizes you as well then I cannot recommend the Everything Search program from voidtools.com.   It is absolutely lightning fast both in indexing and searching.  You can turn on a feature to search file contents as well as on file name, but I so seldom use that feature that I resort to Windows search for that.  If I have to use it for a specific location then I open that location in File Explorer and use the search box at the top of File Explorer to drill down into the files and folders under that top level folder.


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Posted 26 April 2016 - 09:07 PM

Thanks for the feedback. I really would like to get the normal Windows search working properly however.



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Posted 27 April 2016 - 03:54 AM

In cases of a not working Windows Search, I would really like to recommend reading this article about Windows 10 Desktop Search Problems. Whenever I had problems with my desktop search, the article could provide a proper solution. 



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Posted 27 April 2016 - 01:34 PM

Thanks for the link, but I'm starting to think that the start menu search is (nonsensibsly) meant to ignore the index and only search your user folder, unless you click Search my Stuff. There are a lot of other people on other forums that are having this exact issue, but no solution I could find.

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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:40 PM

Robo11,

 

        I have to agree with your conclusion, particularly based on this Microsoft page on "Search My Stuff."   This is one of the reasons I went the way that I did.  I want a search that searches each and every drive I want it to, allows me to exclude things I want to exclude, and uses file name as the primary criterion.


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    ~ Ruth Marcus,  November 10, 2017, in Washington Post article, Bannon is right: It’s no coincidence The Post broke the Moore story


 

 

 

              

 


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Posted 27 April 2016 - 05:48 PM

I should add, though, that if I hit Enter after typing in the search string it does trigger a "my stuff" search on its own.  If I don't then the "Search My Stuff" icon appears as the search result, and if activated will find the stuff I'm looking for, but all of it is on my C:\drive.  I've never needed to add a logical or physical secondary drive to my indexing.


Brian  AKA  Bri the Tech Guy (website in my user profile) - Windows 10 Home, 64-Bit, Version 1803, Build 17134 

     . . . the presumption of innocence, while essential in the legal realm, does not mean the elimination of common sense outside it.  The willing suspension of disbelief has its limits, or should.

    ~ Ruth Marcus,  November 10, 2017, in Washington Post article, Bannon is right: It’s no coincidence The Post broke the Moore story


 

 

 

              

 





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