Windows search not returning files after a certain date.

Hi Experts,

Windows search is not returning files dated after December last year. This only happens when the search is done on a drive over the network. A search of the local drive returns files to the present.

I have tried an index rebuild via Indexing Options > Advanced > Rebuild and this has had not effect.

Why files after a certain date are not returned and why only over the network. Does a network search use a different index. Any ideas?
DColinAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Try using the Advanced Search within Window Explorer. Set the date range in the Advanced Search. Does this work or help?
DColinAuthor Commented:
It is the same.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Does the network use a different search method?  No, not so far as I know. However the local index is not well suited to network searching.

Also indexing just speeds up a search; index is not the search.

I am not certain in your case. Wait until a convenient moment, restart the server and restart the workstation. Check again.

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DColinAuthor Commented:
From, Windows Explorer > Organize > Search > What to search, if I deselect Indexed Locations and select Always search file names then it works and all files to present are returned. So turning off the index does seem to fix the problem. Can I delete the existing index somehow and build a new one because I am not sure that the pre tried rebuild option deletes the old one completely and starts from scratch.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
The only reason I would know why turning off the index is if you are trying to include the network (or users if documents are redirected) in the index.

Try restricting your index to only the local machine. Watch Users if documents are redirected. See if using only a local index (needs rebuilding) works.

I know my index is local and I can search network drives accurately.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Also, following my post above, if you choose to rebuild, then the old index is deleted - it is for me.
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
@DColin  - Thanks and I was happy to help.
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