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Windows 7: Windows Search yielding No Results after changing Users Location

14 Feb 2013   #31
Kari

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OK.

And now, with screenshot please: Open Explorer in Libraries view, use the same search string:
Code:
type:="File folder" name:Axialis
Please post screenshot with results.


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14 Feb 2013   #32
Rookie2

Windows 7 Home Premium x64
 
 

Windows Search yielding No Results after changing Users Location-screenshot04.jpg


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14 Feb 2013   #33
Kari

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OK, that must be an indexing error, you might have accidentally removed Documents from indexing.

Please click Start, type Indexing Options and hit Enter. Post the screenshot of your Indexing Options.
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14 Feb 2013   #34
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Windows Search yielding No Results after changing Users Location-5.jpg

Hey there's something wrong here, isn't it? I wasn't like that before! I'm gonna delete that entry and add C:/

What do you say?


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14 Feb 2013   #35
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

This is a very good thread. Keep going I'm learning.
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14 Feb 2013   #36
Kari

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Yeah, your index is totally screwed.

Let's start with adding Users to index. Tutorial: Index Locations - Add or Remove
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14 Feb 2013   #37
Kari

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Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
This is a very good thread. Keep going I'm learning.
Me too.

I totally ignored the fact that when he moved his Users folders back from that not recommended drive A:, the index basically had to get screwed; it simply could not survive.

Again one reason why I use the environment variable method for moving Users, index does not have to know where the Users folder is and I can move it every day to a new location if I want to, index staying always intact.
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14 Feb 2013   #38
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Well I also read this.

The index will not include search results from any drive or partition with the A and B drive letters, even if you add their location to the index. This is because the A and B drive letters are reserved for floppy drives. Since a floppy drive is considered to be a removable device, it will not be indexed. Even if this is a hard drive you assigned with the A or B drive letter, it will still be treated the same.
Just as you recommended.
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15 Feb 2013   #39
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

Yes, that's what I said earlier: A & B are reserved for removable storage. Windows does not index removable storage. Ergo, this is where OP's problem began.

The issue got carried further to "new" setup when he finally moved Users back from A: to C:, index could no longer repair itself.

Two things have been proved:
  1. Drive letters A and B may not be used for HD partitions
  2. Windows Search works as intended

Kari
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15 Feb 2013   #40
Kari

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

 

By the way, while waiting OP to re-index I thought this would be a good place and time to explain a bit more how to fine tune Windows Search using the search string used in this thread as an example.

We have asked OP to search his missing folder using the string Exact_Object_Type Partial_object_name:
Code:
type:="File folder" name:Axialis
The difference between exact and partial is the = sign. When OP searched for a folder name:Axialis the search found all folders where Axialis is A) name of the folder and B) part of the folder name.

We can modify that search to Exact_Object_Type Exact_object_name simply by adding one = sign:
Code:
type:="File folder" name:=Axialis
Examples

Try this search:
Code:
type:="File folder" name:Docu
It finds all folders with folder name Docu or partial folder name Docu so it will for instance find Documents and My Documents:

Windows Search yielding No Results after changing Users Location-search_1.png

Now edit the search to search exact match Docu:
Code:
type:="File folder" name:=Docu
As it only finds exact matches, folders named Docu, it finds nothing on my computer:

Windows Search yielding No Results after changing Users Location-search_2.png

Now let's search for folders with partial folder name Documents:
Code:
type:="File folder" name:Documents
This search finds for instance Documents and My Documents:

Windows Search yielding No Results after changing Users Location-search_3.png

And last, let's search for exact folder name Documents:
Code:
type:="File folder" name:=Documents
You noticed how the My Documents are filtered from our last search for now we are searching an exact match:

Windows Search yielding No Results after changing Users Location-search_4.png

That's the power of one single = sign !

Kari


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