Windows 10: How do I make windows search, search in my SSD and HARD DRIVE? Solved

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  1.    18 Dec 2017 #1

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


    I don't want to use a 3rd party software that's a program. I don't mind if the 3rd party software replaces my search bar

    but I want to make my search bar use my HDD and my SSD.

    My Windows 10 is in my SSD and let me show you
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    like i added my HDD but it doesn't search it?
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    Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.5
       18 Dec 2017 #2

    No need for the pictures. Open File Explorer and search. There are way better tools out there than File Explorer, that do a far greater job.
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  3.    19 Dec 2017 #3

    bro67 said: View Post
    No need for the pictures. Open File Explorer and search. There are way better tools out there than File Explorer, that do a far greater job.
    is there anyway to add it to my searchbar at the bottom left
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  4.    19 Dec 2017 #4

    Hey McSweg,
    From what I understand you can't. Cortana / Search Windows only searches the C: Drive and not all of it (using the default indexing). They removed "My Stuff" which I believe would allow to search other drives, etc.
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  6.    19 Dec 2017 #6

    I've always found Windows incredibly slow to search, even when it's indexed every file. You seem to be use to searching from the Windows Cortana / Search bar, and don't want to install 3rd party software, But if you're willing to learn how to run something a bit more technical, I can highly recommend the FreeCommander file manager. It's free, has icons for each drive, and performs searches at about 10x the speed of Windows.

    Download
    http://freecommander.com/en/downloads/
    Tutorial
    https://youtu.be/yLdHYvkYMVY
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    Mac OS High Sierra 10.13.5
       19 Dec 2017 #7

    ohante, tell me about that. Especially when connecting to a network share and Windows wants to pull the file info and spends hours just showing the green bar.
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    Windows 10 Pro x64 1709
       20 Dec 2017 #8

    +1
    Everything Search is by far the best search utility available right now. Try it, I'm sure you won't go back.
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    windows 10 professional version 1607 build 14393.969 64 bit
       20 Dec 2017 #9

    As above Everything search will index everything on the internal and external drives.
    It can be set to run on boot or launch when you need it.
    It is much more efficient and effective than Windows search.
    The search results are instantaneous.
    The more characters you type the narrower the search results.
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  •    20 Dec 2017 #10

    bro67 said: View Post
    ohante, tell me about that. Especially when connecting to a network share and Windows wants to pull the file info and spends hours just showing the green bar.
    Just click on the Network icon on Freecommander's toolbar and you'll see your connected systems just like they are in Windows File Explorer. Select a system on the net, and then click the search icon, enter part or all of the name for the file or folder you're looking for, and click the Find icon. Or navigate to a folder on a remote system and do the same. It pulls results much faster than Windows searches. I didn't review that Youtube video tutorial above, but there are 3 parts to it. It may cover all this.

    Freecommander is based on Total Commander https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Total_Commander but is free and a bit easier to use.
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