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Windows 8 wont search through secondary harddrives

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September 29, 2013 9:45:25 AM

I have searched everywhere for the solution to this problem, but i cant find it.
I newly installed Windows 8 on my SSD drive. I have a lot of programs on other hard drives. When i had Windows 7, all i needed to do was to press the start button and search. Now, windows for some reason only recognizes the files on my primary ssd hard disk, rather than all 3 of them.

It would be a huge pain to have to manually go through my drives to find my files. Anyone have
a solution?
September 29, 2013 9:53:06 AM

BTORP said:
I have searched everywhere for the solution to this problem, but i cant find it.
I newly installed Windows 8 on my SSD drive. I have a lot of programs on other hard drives. When i had Windows 7, all i needed to do was to press the start button and search. Now, windows for some reason only recognizes the files on my primary ssd hard disk, rather than all 3 of them.

It would be a huge pain to have to manually go through my drives to find my files. Anyone have
a solution?


Hmm, I don't know much about Windows 8 per say, and my knowledge of HDDs is somewhat limited, but I might as well throw this out there: How are your secondary drives formatted? It's possible that it doesn't recognize FAT32 and only recognizes NTFS? That's probably not the case, but it's just a guess. If that's the case, a solution might be to use a program like Recuva to recover some files from 1 secondary drive and place them onto a recognized device. Then you could just try formatting that 1 secondary drive to NTFS and see if it's recognized then?
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December 1, 2013 5:48:29 AM

Yeah I am having the same issue. I run windows 8.1 on my SSD and then have a general HDD. But after I installed windows it only recognizes programs on my SSD. It isn't a huge deal since all of my programs still work on the HDD and I can access them just like I did on windows 7. However, the problem comes if I go to uninstall something through the uninstall menu as only programs on my SSD show up.
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April 3, 2014 10:37:58 AM

In control panel select indexing options. Click the modify button and check the drives you want to be indexed. Once that's done go into advanced options and hit rebuild to index your drives.
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