Searching via the Explorer search bar/start menu for music no longer produces any results. My music has always been stored on an external drive, plus it's added in Music>Libraries - same results in both locations.
If I search a particular folder that I know
contains what I'm searching for, I still find nothing. (For example: Searching for "bowie" or "heroes" in a big folder of David Bowie albums).
I've recently tried adding this external drive to the index, just in case, although actually, it wasn't being indexed before
I had the problem and I would still expect the files to be found -- albeit slower -- without indexing! I'm not aware of having changed any settings that could cause this.
- Searching for music in other locations on my hard drive works as normal.
- Windows Search is on in Control Panel>Programs and Features. Indexing Service is on also. Plus, both are started and set to Automatic in Services.msc.
- Music filetypes are selected in Advanced>Indexing Options>File Types.
- I've tried rebuilding the index.
- Windows troubleshooting wizard finds no problems.
- I've tried restoring the default search options in Explorer's folder options,
- I've tried these
steps also, with no luck...
I'm completely stumped. It's like these .mp3 files are not there, even though I can browse for them and play them as normal. It sometimes affects other files also, it randomly finds some things (like text files), but not other things.
I've tried using the software "Everything", which works, but I'd still rather have the native search available. This is the sort of niggle that will bug me enough to re-install, but obviously I'd prefer not to. Don't want to transfer 90gb worth of ripped music to my hard drive either.
Sorry about the long post.