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December 19, 2013 3:40:28 PM

I recently picked up an SSD, and installed my most used programs on there while keeping everything else in the hard drive I previously had (wiped it clean and Windows isn't installed on it). However, when I try to search for a file in this hard drive, it doesn't show up with anything. I checked all the indexing options and it states that is enabled for this hard drive. How do I fix this?

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a b G Storage
December 19, 2013 4:20:49 PM

is the file(s) in your user section of the drive? ie my documents, ect. and what do u mean by wiped it clean? hopefully u don't mean u formatted the hard drive
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December 19, 2013 4:42:59 PM

No, what I did was I created folders in my hard drive for various things I required (docs, music, videos). It was wiped clean of Windows because I would never need to boot into it since my SSD is my boot drive.
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a b G Storage
December 19, 2013 4:50:17 PM

lets slow up a second.... you wiped it clean of windows? can you tell us what you did to it exactly ?
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December 19, 2013 5:00:01 PM

Ok let me explain what I did again. I have 2 hard drives and an SSD
First I copied all the files/documents I needed on to one of my hard drives that still had Windows installed on it (I hardly ever used this HDD).
Then I installed Windows on my new SSD I purchased, and got that all up and ready.
At this point, all of my drives/SSD had windows installed and used up, so I decided to wipe the one that I backed up all my files for so I could use it purely as a storage drive, while my SSD acted as a boot drive.
So now I copied back all the essential files back onto this storage drive, and here I am now.
When I try to look up files on this storage drive (WINDOWS ISN'T INSTALLED ON HERE), it shows nothing and says "No items match your search".
I DID NOT wipe the SSD that I use to boot Windows with; that would just be foolish.
Now I am wondering why I can't find any of the files using search on my storage drive, even though they are clearly there.
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a b G Storage
December 19, 2013 5:36:04 PM

so your not missing any files ? when you open computer and browse to the drive you can see them all ?

so what your really asking is when you search for your backup files via the start menu or in the explorer search ? they dont show up ?
If this is the case, its just because they are no longer indexed. The indexing service needs to scan and index the drive.
Under properties, general for the drive, check the indexing option at the bottom. It will take a while before you are able to search for files. Maybe days.
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December 19, 2013 8:28:07 PM

Hmm ok, yeah that's exactly what the problem is. Does it really take days? I honestly don't have TOO many files that I have backed up besides a couple hundred songs and some movies. I've had the files sitting in that hard drive for about a week and a half though. I can't remember if it started already indexed or not, guess I'll have to wait and see.
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a b G Storage
December 20, 2013 2:51:12 AM

alexguy96 said:
Hmm ok, yeah that's exactly what the problem is. Does it really take days? I honestly don't have TOO many files that I have backed up besides a couple hundred songs and some movies. I've had the files sitting in that hard drive for about a week and a half though. I can't remember if it started already indexed or not, guess I'll have to wait and see.

To speed things up, switch indexing on and quickly browse the files your self. Leave the machine idle and the indexing service should kick in.
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a c 1299 G Storage
December 20, 2013 4:53:35 PM

How sure are you that you are searching the storage drive and not c: or the other drive?

I have several drives and to search from the 'start menu searc'h I have to click on the look in more places link but If I bring up explorer and go to my D: or e: drive I can use the search in the top right to search where-ever I happen to be. If I'm in a folder on d: it will search within that folder only.

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a b G Storage
December 20, 2013 5:43:19 PM

alexguy96 said:
This is what you are talking about, correct? http://support.seagate.com/kbimg/205071-4.jpg I believe it came with that default setting ticked when I initialized my drives, so I am unsure why it is taking so long.


Well, its not ticked in that screenshot.

Also control panel > indexing options to add custom locations.

Check the indexing service is started, under admin tools.

You can only search a drive by going to it via Computer, and using the search box at the top. A start menu search will only look at the OS drive, as default anyway.
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