|18 Sep 2012||#1|
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Windows search - is it useless or is it just me ?
I have a lot of files on my USB drive that i want indexed by windows search. I have
added my drive to the list of locations to index (in "Change how windows searches"). I find that windows search will find NOTHING on my drive. I have a lot of ".doc" files and if i type "*.doc" it finds none.
If i remove my drive from the list of locations to index it does find the files but takes a long time (as i would expect ). A few other things ...
- My USB drive is formatted NTFS.
- If I right click on the drive, the "allow files on this drive to have contents indexed" is checked
- The indexing service is running
- SYSTEM has full access to all files on the disk
I have tried all sorts to get it working including ...
- Rebuilding the index using the REBUILD button in the IndexingOptions->AdvancedOptions dialog
- Manually removing the whole index, rebooting and then re-indexing
- Stopping and restarting the indexing service
- Leaving it turned on for the whole day with no user activity to give it a chance to build the index.
Thanks for any help/pointers
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|18 Sep 2012||#3|
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It's not just you.
Some people like Windows search, but it's not the best choice for me.
Try FileLocator Lite (aka Agent Ransack).
FileLocator Lite - Free File Searching Utility
It's free, easy to use, and doesn't depend on indexing.
I don't use USB drives, so I can't comment on that performance.
I prefer a vanilla system as much as possible, but this is one utility i recommend.
edit: 4wd beat me to it !
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