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Hello,

I am running a Windows 7 SP1 laptop with an external storage drive (HD).  I use Windows search to find files on the external HD and not all of the files are getting returned with my search parameters.  Are there any tricks to rebuilding the index on external HD so that windows search returns all files?

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Tapan Pattanaik earned 1000 total points
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Hi jrbledsoe001,

Run the  troubleshooter to fix the problem

 Open the Search and Indexing troubleshooter by clicking the Start button, and then clicking Control Panel. In the search box, type troubleshooter, and then click Troubleshooting. Click View all, and then click Search and Indexing. Depending on the severity of the problem, the Search and Indexing troubleshooter might need to restart the Windows Search service.

How to add external hard disk in the Indexing Options
 
i)       Press “windows Logo” + “W” keys on the keyboard to display the “Settings” search bar.
ii)       Type “Indexing Options” in that search box and press “Enter” key on the keyboard.
iii)       In the “Indexing Options” window, click on “Modify” button.
iv)       Under “Change selected locations”, select the external hard disk and add it to the indexing location list.
v)       If you are unable to find the hard disk drive in that list, then click on “Show all locations” and check if the hard disk is shown up there.
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You would have to index the entire C: Drive to do what you want. That can be done in the Location settings of Indexing Options, but I do not recommend as indexing could take a very long time.

If you know what top level folder holds your data, make that folder active in Windows Explorer, then go to the top right search and enter your search term. That will find what you want, indexed or not.

You can also use Ultra Search (free from Jam Software). I use this and it is very good, but slow because what I am looking for is not indexed.
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As noted above, the issue is everything isn't indexed.

I'd use the excellent (and free) "Agent Ransack" -- a "lite" version of MythicSoft's FileLocator Pro.   I've used this for over a decade, and it's VERY fast and completely reliable:  https://www.mythicsoft.com/agentransack
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thank you
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