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Turn off WIndows Search on external drives

I have a client running Windows 8.1 (64bit).  He has an external hard drive that he uses for backups.  When the external drive is connected, Windows Search (through File explorer) can take up to 2min to complete a search.  When the external drive is removed, the search is almost instant.

I checked the Indexing options, and confirmed that the external drive is not indexed, but Windows tries to scans the drive anyway.  Is there anyway to force Windows Search to ignore the drive?
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Sir LearnalotCommented:
When you are performing the search, perform inside the actual drive you are searching inside instead of performing the search from "My Computer". That way it will only search inside the drive / path you are in, instead of all connected devices and drives. If this answer solves your question please mark it as the solution. Thank you and hope that solves your issue :)
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McKnifeCommented:
Please describe how you would like to search in file explorer. Where are you, when you enter the search term?
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rdegeAuthor Commented:
@Sir_Learnalot: I will try your suggestion, and report the results.

@McKnife: I have Classic Shell installed.  I use that to click on Computer.  When File Explorer loads, I use the search box in that window to search for various files and documents.  When the ext. hd is attached, the search can take a few minutes to complete.   With the ext. hd removed, the search takes about 5-10 seconds.  I tried using the search from the Charm bar, but it didn't suit my needs.  I also tried using the search in the Classic Shell menu, but that appears to only search my C Drive, and not my D Drive (internal 2TB drive).

Hope that explains my situation better.
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McKnifeCommented:
And if you index the external one? Quick index is for quick searches.
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rdegeAuthor Commented:
@McKnife: I suppose I could, but I don't have a reason to do so, since the drive is primarily used to store compressed backup files created by Acronis.  However, I shall try just to satisfy my curiosity.
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Sir LearnalotCommented:
@redege did you try opening my computer navigating to the drive you want to search in and performing the search in there?
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rdegeAuthor Commented:
@McKnife: I tried to index the external drive, but it did not improve the performance of the Computer search.

@Sie Learnalot: I am able to search individual drives without issue.  While I didn't find a way to perform a singular search that omitted removable disks, your suggestion did address my problem.
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Sir LearnalotCommented:
@McKnife, if you open advanced search options you can actually select multiple locations to search from. They can be folders, drives, or any path really. However it seems this option has been moved in Windows 8.1 as I just tried myself and could not locate it. I will look further when I have time but for now I hope searching individual drives suits your need. Have a great day!
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