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Windows 7: Search on data / media drive

20 Jul 2010   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by cmoazz View Post
I assigned my data drive as B: and redirected everything these so it wouldn't take up space on my SSD drive.. I know how to redirect folders, but how do I change the B: drive to, F: let's say..?
Question: Is your data drive a physical secondary drive, or have you partitioned your primary drive?

And how exactly did you assign B: to the data drive anyway? You shouldn't be able to use A: or B: for hard disks, as I said in an earlier post...

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20 Jul 2010   #12

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

No, neither of them are partitioned. I dunno, we set up the SSD for the C drive, and when we were configuring the data drive we selected B...
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23 Jul 2010   #13

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

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24 Jul 2010   #14
A Guy

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Windows 7 Home Premium x64 SP1

I'm sorry cmoazz. I've googled extensively and it's not that unusual that people follow all the steps and can't get files to index, but mostly on networked drives. I don't know if the fact that your drive is B:\ (I've never seen that before) has anything to do with it. Perhaps some new eyes/thoughts will see this and help more. A Guy
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24 Jul 2010   #15

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Ok thanks. Is it too late to switch the drive now?
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24 Jul 2010   #16

Windows 7 Ultimate 64 - OEM Service Pack 1

If you really want to rename your drives type in start disk management and then go to the interface it opens and right click on the drive you wish to reassign the letter to what ever is not being used.

If the letters are unavailable reassign them x, y, or z and then re assign them to the letters you want to use them under.

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24 Jul 2010   #17

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Ty I'll try it
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25 Jul 2010   #18

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Ok did the renaming, warned me some programs might not work, but all the folder redirects automatically changed... pretty sweet. Only had to change iTunes to use the Music folder in the Media Drive again.

So now it's the
C: - SSD Drive Windows/Programs drive
D: - Date drive (Media drive) Music/Pictures/Videos/Documents/etc.
E: - DVD Burner/ROM
F: - DVD Burner/ROM

Now I'm gonna try to set up searching again...
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25 Jul 2010   #19

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by A Guy View Post
Hello, you can add to the files that get indexed:

Start> Type Indexing in search box> Click on Indexing Options in results above

Once the indexing choices appear> Click on Modify button

Any network drive or external hard drive will show up in the list of possible locations. You can check off any drive or folder that you would like to include in the index.

It will take some time for the indexing to finish. If you notice certain file types aren't being indexed. You can click on Advanced on the main Indexing Options window. There you will find 2 tabs. Indexing Settings and File Types.

Let us know if you have any problems, or need more info.

A Guy
Ok that still doesn't work... how much time should be allowed for indexing? I don't have that much stuff, maybe 20 albums and 10 movies...

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by unifex View Post
You might also search without indexing.

To do that, first type your query into the start menu search box, then click "see more results". It will then open an explorer-like window and you'll be given a choice to search again. There you could pick "custom". This will allow you to manually pick folders to search. If the folders are not indexed, the search would be slower compared to indexed locations, but it will eventually find anything you're looking for (if it's there that is).
This didn't work either. When I go to custom and select the media drive folders and click ok nothing happens. Also, does this method allow search from the Start menu or I'd have to go to this "See more results" each time?
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25 Jul 2010   #20

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit


I guess using A / B as a drive is the problem, thanks all for the help, especially A Guy
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