Cannot add a Drive to Indexing Options

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  1. Posts : 171
    Windows 10
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    Cannot add a Drive to Indexing Options


    Hi. I’m hoping someone can tell me how to get my E drive indexed for searching purposes. As you can see from the pic, it’s just not ‘addable’…

    I have an SSD dedicated to the OS and two HDDs (E and F). I recently had a problem with some files on the E drive in that I was denied permission to change their details so I changed the ownership/permissions. However, both E and F now have the same Owner/Permissions settings so it can’t be that (can it…).

    Any help is greatly appreciated.
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  2. Posts : 34,917
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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    Hi, have you tried deleting and rebuilding the search index since changing the permissions?
    And have you run the search indexing troubleshooter?
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    Yo could also try this program:
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    running the appropriate repair on your drive.

    Also you could try running chkdsk on it.
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  3. Posts : 171
    Windows 10
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    Yes (rebuild) and Yes (troubleshooter) - both had no effect. I'm currently running chkdsk E: /f /r /x which means a wait of 6 hours...
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  4. Posts : 34,917
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
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    Worst case - which might be quicker- copy the data off, reformat the drive and copy it back.

    Have you actually checked the drive is good? E.g. Crystal Diskinfo (free) - SMART params - or sometimes better Hard Disk Sentinel (trial).
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  5. Posts : 171
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
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    Properties/Tools/error checking immediately said it saw no problems. I'll wait for chkdsk to finish and then see what's what, I think. I'm sure the disk is good, too much of a coincidence for it to go just after I've clean installed Win10...
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  6. Posts : 171
    Windows 10
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    Twelve hours that took... No errors found. A reboot later and my situation is the same. Apart from the copy off/reformat/copy back suggestion (which I'll delay for now) is there anything else I might do? Thanks.
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  7. Posts : 26,971
    Windows 10 (Pro and Insider Pro)
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    It's a long shot, but you could try to rebuild MBR on that drive... I'm using Minitool partition wizzard for such tasks. It's free for home use.
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  8. Posts : 171
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter
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    I forgot to mention that I ran Tweaking.com – Windows Repair as suggested above. It had no effect.

    Hi AndreTen and thanks for the tip. I haven’t run the wizard yet as I’ve noticed something (possibly) interesting. When I did my clean-install a week ago, I unplugged the E & F drives and took the opportunity to do a UEFI install. I knew that this would change the C drive from MBR to GPT but look at the pic – my 4TB E drive is also GPT. I suppose it must always have been like that as I’ve never touched it.

    Could this be a clue as to why it’s not indexing? Seems unlikely to me as it’s never given me an indexing problem before.

    My continued thanks.
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  9. Posts : 34,917
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  10. Posts : 171
    Windows 10
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    OK, thanks. Is that partition wizard of any use to me then? If not, what else might I try?
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