Windows 10 network folders indexing

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  1. Posts : 95
    Windows 10 Pro
       #1

    Windows 10 network folders indexing


    Hi there,

    I have been searching for a way to have my NAS drive indexed by Windows 10. Currently all my standard libraries point to the NAS.

    I found a previous thread which suggests to go under Indexing Options and to add the location: the network location does not show up. If I select "Advanced" and then NEW, windows tells me that my mapped drive cannot be added.

    It'a a bit annoying as 99% of my files are on that drive! Does anybody know a way to enable that?
    Thanks!
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  2. Posts : 34,963
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #2

    Hi, I have two PCs, with shared folders. I've mapped one as a network drive, but as you say, it does not appear in Indexing Options, Modify, so cannot be added to be indexed.

    If I select "Advanced" and then NEW, windows tells me that my mapped drive cannot be added.
    - that's for the location of the index itself.

    However, I use a free 3rd party indexing tool (file/folder names, not contents) and that allows shared folders to be added.
    Locate32.

    Windows 10 network folders indexing-1.png

    Here you can see it is configured to index the Downloads folder on the (other) networked PC
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  3. Posts : 95
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks for the suggestion. I could give it a go but I am not a big fan of third-party software when it comes to these "core" windows services. Are you suggesting there is no way to tell windows to index shared folders? Do you know what the reason for that is?

    Thx! :)
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  4. Posts : 34,963
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    I've only just tried it for the first time- Locate32 works, but the mapped drive I subsequently created one one PC isn't seen on the other. However, Networking/sharing is so often reported as being erratic...

    Nor do I recall mention of networked search- worth searching the forum...

    3rd party indexing fast search tools such as Everything, Ultrasearch, then Locate32 and others are frequently favoured and mentioned by members; about the only mention in the context of networking I've seen is the Everything can't do that.

    Example:
    [SOLVED] Windows 10, searching for files on mapped drives, doesn't always work - Spiceworks
    - but seems to imply the mapped drive/folder could be seen in Indexing Options
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com...ths-windows-10

    Interesting: at start, but very unclear whether added to Indexed locations
    How to Add Network Folders to the Windows Search Index – WebSetNet

    This sounds bad news for Win 10: old article but the clue could be here:
    If anyone is still paying attn. to this thread, I believe this will do it.
    1. Create a folder on your hard drive for shares. i.e. c:\share
    2. Create another folder in the above share. i.e. c:\share\music
    2. Link the Library to this folder.
    3. Delete the folder.
    4. Use the mklink in an elevated command prompt to make a symbolic link. Name the link the same as the folder you created above.
    i.e - mklink /d c:\share\music \\server\music
    5. Done. Now you have non-indexed UNC path as a library.
    https://social.technet.microsoft.com...-network-share
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  5. Posts : 34,963
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #5

    Finally proven to my own satisfaction that if a shared folder is mapped as as networked drive, then it is automatically added to locations to be indexed.

    That is, it does not appear in Indexed Locations, nor does it need to be added to it. That's what confused me.

    Conversely, you can use Indexed locations to exclude it from being indexed (but you can by other means).
    How to Add Network Folders to the Windows Search Index
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  6. Posts : 95
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #6

    Thanks for checking this for me, appreciated.

    Yes, indeed I have to say that my network drive is included in the search.
    However, it looks like it's a real time search as it's taking ages.

    If I run a search on a drive which is included in the index, the result is immediate.

    Am I missing something here?
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  7. Posts : 34,963
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #7

    Here's what I tried: I mapped my shared reasonably large Downloads folder to a drive letter. I then added a small txt file containing abracadabra; I'd noticed the number of indexed items hadn't changed.

    The test was to see if the content was indexed - i.e. the file could be found.

    When I did a search starting from This PC I think (meaning not everything was indexed below that point) and to my surprise, and different to what normally happens, searching for abracadabra found the file almost immediately.

    Then the progress bar continued of course.. but that could have been because much more than Downloads wasn't indexed.

    If the file content hadn't been indexed it wouldn't have found it.

    It's a very odd pattern really.
    a. Why don't you have to add the target folder to Indexing Options in this case?
    b. Why doesn't the presence of the mapped drive change the number of items indexed?
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  8. Posts : 95
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #8

    That's a great test indeed.

    I've done the same. Unfortunately the PC searched for a while (I could hear the NAS working) and did not find anything. I stopped the search after several minutes. I gave the PC a few more minutes to realise there was a new file and then tried again but got the same behaviour.
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  9. Posts : 34,963
    Win 10 Pro (1903) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #9

    Bear in mind I'm using 2 PCs- with a shared folder on one, mapped, and indexed on the other, not a NAS.

    If you have 2 PCs, you might like to try to gain confidence with that configuration.

    From
    How to Add Network Folders to the Windows Search Index
    Basically, it’s performing the search in real-time, which is why it’s going to be slow if you have a huge number of files on your network share
    Now that intrigues me- how does searching for content work in this case?

    That article says
    Once you do this, the new files will be scanned and included in the Windows 10 search
    then it says
    As I mentioned earlier, these files aren’t being indexed in the local search index, though.
    I'm left unsure quite what it says about whether things are indexed or not.

    But my experience of how the content indexed file was shown almost immediately suggests they are.

    Curious.
    Last edited by dalchina; 14 Jun 2020 at 16:29.
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  10. Posts : 95
    Windows 10 Pro
    Thread Starter
       #10

    But I have a NAS, what I am looking for is for a NAS to be indexed - all my libraries point to it.

    Edit: maybe I need to turn on "enhanced" windows search, which is available with 2004 which MS pushed to me today without asking...

    Windows 10 network folders indexing-index.jpg
    Last edited by tony359; 14 Jun 2020 at 18:10.
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