Start Menu search not finding files  

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    Start Menu search not finding files

    When I go to search for files (such as images/videos) through the Start Menu search (Cortana), files do not appear in results.
    The only way I can actually find these files is to manually click the "More" dropdown and select whichever file type it is (photos, videos, music etc.) which is quite tedious.

    I'm running Version 1607 (OS Build 14393.51) of Windows 10.
    I have 2 drives, my C:/ which is an SSD and has Windows installed on it, and my D:/ an extra hard drive for storage.
    I moved the User folders over to my D:/ drive, and made sure I did it properly, by moving it via Properties-Location.
    It doesn't help if I move the file that I'm looking for over on to my C:/ drive, I still can't find it.

    Please help, I have tried many many things and nothing has worked so far.
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    Use a free 3rd party software such as WiseJetSearch.
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    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    File/folder search from that box is, as I've commented many times, restricted to what is indexed. Further, it won't find executables (exe, cmd, bat...).

    Don't use it for that. It's very poor and incomplete as above.
    Everything (1.4b version)
    Locate32 (older)

    - free, 'instant', and covers everything on all partitions & disks in your PC (unless you restrict them).
    - for external disks, they need to build an index (which is very very quick compared to Windows indexing).

    The only benefit of Windows search is it can index text file content.
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