How do I make windows search, search in my SSD and HARD DRIVE?

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  1. Posts : 107
    Windows 10 Home
    Thread Starter

    I will try the EVerything tool. thanks guys!
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  2. Posts : 983
    Windows 7/64 Professional

    I use Everything Search on all my systems.


    When you delete something using Everything Search it is gone, just like it would be gone using regedit.
    No Recycle Bin.
    Everything Search is a powerful tool.

    So be careful.

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  3. Posts : 19
    Windows 10 Pro x64 1709

    Hmmm... it doesn't for me. When I delete a file from Everything Search's results, it does go to the Recycle bin. (Just tested it right now to confirm before posting)
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  4. Posts : 983
    Windows 7/64 Professional

    That is strange. Mine never go to Recycle Bin.

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  5. Posts : 35,485
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)

    Hi, your original question was never really answered regarding Windows search. (But I also agree 3rd party indexing tools are great- they mostly don't index text content though - I prefer Locate32).

    So why use Windows search indexing?
    1. Cortana search uses it for file/folder search, as does file explorer search.
    2. Settings search requires it to work
    3. It can be convenient when using file explorer

    Some of the sophisticated options may require complex expressions:
    Advanced Query Syntax (Windows)
    Windows Search Overview (Windows)
    - but expanding the drop-down ribbon in explorer exposes many such options. (See last screenshot)

    ifilters (indexing filters) are needed per document type whose content is to be indexed.

    So.. I note your screenshot shows indexing speed reduced due to user activity.
    Indexing is designed to impose no overhead, and stops when you start doing something or your CPU is in use.
    Check your task manager when your PC is nominally idle. Is CPU use below, say, 3%?

    Then look at this:
    How do I make windows search, search in my SSD and HARD DRIVE?-1.jpg

    If indexing is not complete, and it is not progressing, either your PC is not 'idle' or indexing is damaged in some way.
    There is a troubleshooter which may help.

    Example: I have a file containing aardvark on drive H:
    Provided I select document search in Cortana I can find it instantly.
    How do I make windows search, search in my SSD and HARD DRIVE?-untitled.png

    (Note the syntax documents:aardvark)

    Likewise in file explorer, provided it is open 'above' H:
    How do I make windows search, search in my SSD and HARD DRIVE?-1.jpg
    Notice it is found immediately now, with a green progress bar indicating non-indexed areas are being searched.
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