Windows 10: Windows Search REFUSES to index anything on a particular hard drive

  1.    10 Sep 2015 #1

    Windows Search REFUSES to index anything on a particular hard drive


    I'm an advanced user, and I recently clean-installed Windows 10 after having some issues. I gave an expansion drive the letter A:, and after some investigation read that it was likely that assigning a drive letter A or B would preclude Windows from indexing anything on that drive (really, MS?).

    So I reassigned it to D: and then G:, and Windows 10 still won't index ANYTHING on the drive. I've checked all permissions and properties to make sure they match those of other drives that Windows 10 successfully indexes. Especially, I made sure that the user "SYSTEM" had full control of the drive root and everything beneath. The only difference I see and cannot change is that the other drives are marked "ACTIVE" and presumably have a MBR from previous installations. My offending drive cannot be marked active, and I don't think this would affect indexing.

    I've rebuilt the index, deleted the index, and rebooted, all many many times. I even copied a folder from the offending hard drive to another drive and Windows 10 spontaneously indexed the new files right away.

    I'd rather not have to offload this large drive and reformat it.

    Does anyone have any other suggestions or explanations?
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  2.    08 Oct 2015 #2

    After some digging around, I think it's likely that Windows 10 cannot/will not index my 3TB single-volume hard drive which must be formatted as GUID Partition Table (GPT) as compared to the other volumes formatted as MBR.

    So I suspect that Windows cannot index a GPT volume? Given that hard drive sizes are increasing, and MBR is only available up to 2TB, I would have thought that Windows would be able to index a GPT formatted volume.

    Any thoughts? Anyone else notice this or have a GPT volume that seems to index fine?
      My ComputerSystem Spec


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