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Windows 7: Newly added HDD not searchable

02 Nov 2011   #1

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Newly added HDD not searchable

I just added a 2 tb internal HDD and assigned it drive letter A. It is properly installed, I can read and write to/from but when I search for files on it there are no results. Also when I moved files from C drive to it they were copied, not moved. I didnt copy and then paste, though thats more like what occured, but rather I dragged and dropped but the files werent moved they were copied.

What is this all about? The drive and everything in it is shared with everyone. This sharing thing in Windows 7 is a colossal boondogle.

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02 Nov 2011   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rocks911 View Post
I just added a 2 tb internal HDD and assigned it drive letter A. It is properly installed, I can read and write to/from but when I search for files on it there are no results. Also when I moved files from C drive to it they were copied, not moved. I didnt copy and then paste, though thats more like what occured, but rather I dragged and dropped but the files werent moved they were copied.

What is this all about? The drive and everything in it is shared with everyone. This sharing thing in Windows 7 is a colossal boondogle.
I take it you are new on win 7

To move instead of copy just use shift and drag.

As to why it is not indexed. Did you add the whole drive to the indexing in your control panel?
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02 Nov 2011   #3

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for that. My primary drive, drive c was not indexed as well as a couple external HDD's, cant imagine why. And yes I'm quite new to Windows 7, quite a learning curve
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02 Nov 2011   #4

Win 8 Release candidate 8400
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by rocks911 View Post
Thanks for that. My primary drive, drive c was not indexed as well as a couple external HDD's, cant imagine why. And yes I'm quite new to Windows 7, quite a learning curve
If you are coming from XP it is worlds different. Ask questions. We have a ton of talent here .

If you need help with adding the volumes to indexing let us know

BTW there is a great tutorial section here by one of the Nets best.
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03 Nov 2011   #5

Vista Ultimate X64/ Windows 7 Dual-boot
 
 

A: is pretty much a bad drive letter to use as both it an B: have always been system reserved for legacy floppy drives...
Even though you may have a newer PC i believe these exceptions are still written into modern day CMOS info...

Please try any other drive letter other than A or B...and see what happens.
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03 Nov 2011   #6

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

Thanks for the replies,

I think I have successfully indexed the drive. I wont know until I can get back to my PC which will be a couple of days, but fingers crossed it will work as it should.

Clearly there is a lot of talent here. I'm sure I'll be back.

Thanks for the help
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04 Nov 2011   #7

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 
Indexed new HDD, still not searchable

I added a new HDD and indexed it. I discovered that searches didnt find specific content on the drive so I went in to indexing properties and discovered that it was indexed for "properties only". I changed that to have it indexed for "properties and file contents", still no change. I have nothing but videos on the drive and none of them are searchable.
I go to index options/advanced options/index location/current location and it indicates C:\ProgramData\Microsoft, could that be right? It is a newly added internal drive with the drive letter A assigned.

What is up? It would be great if this were searchable.

I swear that I dont know if I have the stamina to learn the intricacies of Windows 7 64 bit, I feel like I've been at this computer every minute of the day troubleshooting it since the day I got it a month ago. Soooo, soooo tired.
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04 Nov 2011   #8

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by patio View Post
A: is pretty much a bad drive letter to use as both it an B: have always been system reserved for legacy floppy drives...
Even though you may have a newer PC i believe these exceptions are still written into modern day CMOS info...

Please try any other drive letter other than A or B...and see what happens.
My understanding is as long as the drive letter is available you can use it. Iíve never seen where it states you canít use either of those letters, especially in Vista/Windows 7.

Newly added HDD not searchable-disk-management.jpg

Anyway you can actually assign "B" to a drive if you want as long as it's not used elsewhere. I've done it myself in the past, even with XP. Haven't tried "A" but that's also assignable, again, as long as it's available - Can I use the B: drive on my PC? - B drive PC | Ask MetaFilter

Now, Windows may have it's "default" drive letter assignment, but you can change those around. The only one I'm not sure about is "C" drive. Can you for example make C "D"? That I haven't tried.


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04 Nov 2011   #9

Windows 7 home premium 64 bit
 
 

For heavens sake after I installed the drive and went to index it I was provided a dropdown list of drive letters and A was one of them, so crazy me, I used it.
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04 Nov 2011   #10

Windows 8.1 Pro
 
 

Yeah and that's not a problem

You just needed to get clear about indexing. Hopefully zigzag got you straightened out?

Windows Search - Configure and Use

It's all good.
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