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Windows 7: finding a directory


29 Apr 2012   #1

Windows 7 - 64 bit
 
 
finding a directory

Pardon my ignorance, but I come from the GUI-challenged world ...

If I want to find a directory in Linux Land, I open a command prompt and type

find /root_directory_to_search -type d -name directory_I_want_to_find

Under Windows 7, if I click the Start button and then type the name of the directory I want to find in the Search text field, it is never found, even though I can see it on the hard drive.

What's up with that?

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29 Apr 2012   #2

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Windows 7 SP1, Home Premium, 64-bit
 
 

I've given up on using Windows searching because I didn't want to deal with its learning curve. I use a third party tool.

But have you tried searching through the search box at the upper right of all Explorer windows, where you can choose the drive to be searched?
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29 Apr 2012   #3

Windows 7 Professional x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by newboid View Post
Pardon my ignorance, but I come from the GUI-challenged world ...

If I want to find a directory in Linux Land, I open a command prompt and type

find /root_directory_to_search -type d -name directory_I_want_to_find

Under Windows 7, if I click the Start button and then type the name of the directory I want to find in the Search text field, it is never found, even though I can see it on the hard drive.

What's up with that?
I found Windows 7 built-in search function less than satisfactory. I use "Agent Ransack" by Mithicsoft which is a free utility and much better in MHO.

It can be downloaded at;

Agent Ransack - Free File Searching Utility

HTH
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29 Apr 2012   #4

 

Well, you could always open a command line and go like "dir <name> /ad /s/b"... not entirely sure about Search but it could be related to which folders are included in the search index by default (you can modify this in search's Indexing Options).
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