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Solved: Win7 search not working for secondary hard drive

Discussion in 'Windows 7' started by syc0path, May 20, 2015.

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  1. syc0path

    syc0path Thread Starter

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    I'm running Win7 on a computer w/ an SSD boot drive and a 3TB data drive. For some reason, every time I search for a file on the 3TB drive, it says "No items match your search" -- even for files that I know are there. Searches on the boot drive work fine.

    I tried rebuilding the index on the 3TB drive, but it didn't make any difference. What else can I try??
     
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    Go to Control Panel. In the search box, type indexing options and then click Indexing Options
    Click on Modify and insure a check is next to the 3TB drive.
     
  3. syc0path

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    Yes, it's checked. As I said, I already rebuilt the index and it didn't work.
     
  4. CoolBurn

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    What drive letter is assigned to the 3TB drive?
    If the assigned letter is between A through E, change it to something outside that scope. Then rebuild the index.
     
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    It was set to A, so I changed it to L. I added L to the index and it seemed to work fine. So I tried switching it back to A, but then the search didn't work. So I went to L and it working again. BTW, I rebooted after each drive letter change.

    So the question is, why doesn't it work under A but it does under L??
     
  6. CoolBurn

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    “A” and “B” are reserved for floppy disk drive’s. Since they are basically like removable media, Windows search will not look at them
     
  7. syc0path

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    Why wouldn't Windows Search not look at removable media? It searches my flash drive. And if it won't search those drive letters, why does the search box appear when I open the A: drive folder?

    This seems more like a glitch in Win7, rather than something that was done on purpose.
     
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    Windows Search does looks at removable media. Your USB flash drives will have letters D and later.
    A and B are reserved for floppies. C is the internal hard drive. D might be an optical drive, if one is installed. I have my internal hd partitioned so my optical drive has been reassigned to E, instead of D.
    I have two inbuilt card readers. They have now been assigned G and H.

    If I insert a USB stick, it gets F assigned. If I insert a 2nd USB stick, it is assigned I. A third stick J and so on.

    What exactly is your A: drive folder?
     
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    The folder that is displayed when I double-click My Computer and then double-click the A: drive.
     
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    So you have a floppy drive in that computer? Or a USB connected floppy drive?
    The 1st image shows an old 2K computer with an internal floppy drive.
    The 2nd image shows a Win 7 with an external USB floppy drive.
    The last image shows a Win 7 computer with no floppy drive.
     

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    The default of Search is to look only in the "Index".
    These floppies will not be included in ANY Index.
     
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    He's not wanting to search floppies; he wants to search an external.

    I suspect he tried to name the external drive A which is reserved for a floppy drive.

    He never specified what the A drive is
     
  13. syc0path

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    My A: drive was an internal hard drive. I understand now that Windows won't search the A: drive becuz it's reserved for floppies, but I think that's stupid becuz A: won't always be a floppy.

    I also think it's stupid that when I open the A: drive root folder, the search box appears in the upper left hand corner. If search doesn't work for drive letter A:, then why does the search box appear??

    That's what my computer looks like, except that the D: drive was assigned to A:.
     
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    Re-assign your A drive as another letter besides A, B or C.

    Tell it to MS, they made the rules way back when computers were not "personal computers" or PCs.
     
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