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Windows 7: How to search multiple hard drives?

17 Jan 2016   #1
Azzain34

Windows 7 64bit
 
 
How to search multiple hard drives?

How do you search all hard drives, external hard drives and flash drives in windows 7? In win xp you could do this with a single click (might take some time for results tho), in windows 7 I am contently frustrated. Windows 7 does not search anything unless you index it (or open up a folder for every single little data source you want to search).

Is there a solution to this problem, or is this yet another one of the dozensthings win7 does worse then winxp?

edit: Solution:
1# Open up root of a drive
2# Do your search
3# Click on Customize under 'search again'
4# Expand the 'Computer' tree
5# Select each non-index drive you want to search and hit ok


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18 Jan 2016   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

What are you searching for ? don`t you keep your hard drives organized ?

Open the drive, start at the top of the list and just use the arrow button, if you know what letter the file or folder starts with, hit that letter again and again to make the search even faster.
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18 Jan 2016   #3
Azzain34

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
What are you searching for ? don`t you keep your hard drives organized ?
I do keep things organized, but sometimes things slip thru, and when they do its a frustrating experience in windows 7.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Open the drive start at the start at the top of the list and just use the arrow button, if you know what letter the file or folder starts with, hit that letter again and again to make the search even faster.
I am not sure what you are telling me to do here? I cannot even get ANY search going in windows 7 unless I explicitly open up a drive.
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18 Jan 2016   #4
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Azzain34 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
What are you searching for ? don`t you keep your hard drives organized ?
I do keep things organized, but sometimes things slip thru, and when they do its a frustrating experience in windows 7.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Open the drive start at the start at the top of the list and just use the arrow button, if you know what letter the file or folder starts with, hit that letter again and again to make the search even faster.
I am not sure what you are telling me to do here? I cannot even get ANY search going in windows 7 unless I explicitly open up a drive.
Open the drive, and there everything is, just look for what you want, it`s your drive, you should know what`s on it. Go through the drive once a week, clean house. Create folders on your drives to store your data, keep it organized. There should never be any reason ever to use the search bar. The only reason I`ve ever used the search bar is to type dev to bring up the Device Manager, when and if I ever want to look at Device Manager. Any other time I`d just do it the normal way.

Just an example


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18 Jan 2016   #5
Azzain34

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Azzain34 View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
What are you searching for ? don`t you keep your hard drives organized ?
I do keep things organized, but sometimes things slip thru, and when they do its a frustrating experience in windows 7.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
Open the drive start at the start at the top of the list and just use the arrow button, if you know what letter the file or folder starts with, hit that letter again and again to make the search even faster.
I am not sure what you are telling me to do here? I cannot even get ANY search going in windows 7 unless I explicitly open up a drive.
Open the drive, and there everything is, just look for what you want, it`s your drive, you should know what`s on it. Go through the drive once a week, clean house. Create folders on your drives to store your data, keep it organized. There should never be any reason ever to use the search bar. The only reason I`ve ever used the search bar is to type dev to bring up the Device Manager, when and if I ever want to look at Device Manager.
You are completely missing the point. My entire problem is that my drives ARE clean and well organized, but when I do make a mistake or a file is lost I run into this problem.

Sounds you like are saying windows 7 cannot do a full search on all HDDs...

edit: and to clarify, my problem is not the *speed* of the search, my entire problem is I cannot get windows 7 to do ANY search unless I open the drive. So if I got 10 drives, I need to open up 10 folder and start 10 search.... What a massive pain. I am hoping there is an easier way.
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18 Jan 2016   #6
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

I just typed the word Avatar in my search bar, it shows the avatar folder I have in My Pictures, it showed the Avatar folder I have on my Software drive and it showed the movie Avatar I have on one of my movie drives, so the problem is not with windows search.

All you have to do is click where I have the arrow to do an additional search on all your other drives.


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18 Jan 2016   #7
Azzain34

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by AddRAM View Post
I just typed the word Avatar in my search bar, it showes the avatar folder I have in My Pictures, it showed the Avatar folder I have on my Software drive and it showed the movie Avatar I have on one of my movie drives, so the problem is not with windows search.
That only works if you have indexing on for those drives. Clicking on the computer icon has no effect for me.

Edit: but clicking 'custom' does.... wow that is 100% what I was looking for. That allows me to click each HDD.
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18 Jan 2016   #8
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

And ?
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18 Jan 2016   #9
Azzain34

Windows 7 64bit
 
 

I edited my post, clicking 'custom' beside computer worked. It allowed me to pick the sources I wanted to search and I was FINALLY able to get correct results. Thanks for directing me towards that feature.

It is still kind of a pain and multiple steps to do this, but MUCH better then nothing.
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18 Jan 2016   #10
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

Have you tried just indexing those drives?
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