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  1. Posts : 68
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    SOLVED: Windows 10 having problems searching


    Hello all, I recently found this problem.

    I have my computer indexed and it's all fine. However, I noticed that if I search for a particular file name, the results would also show deleted files or moved files, so if I click on those, it would say file not found. Also, files I just created wouldn't even show up in the search results.

    For example, if I have just created the file "presentation.ppt" in Folder A, and if I click on the search bar on the top right of Folder A and search for "presentation," I wouldn't get anything.

    I have to click on View->Options->Search and check How to Search "Don't use the index..." to have results show up.

    How to solve this problem? Is it just Windows hasn't had the time to update the index? How to make it so windows searches both the index and also the slow way? Thanks all

    I also just noticed that it only happens for one of my internal hard drives. I created a new folder with a new file in other drives and they all search fine, just not this one.
    Last edited by windows8thumba; 2 Weeks Ago at 10:04.
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  2. bro67's Avatar
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    Reindex the files.
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  3. Posts : 68
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    bro67 said:
    Reindex the files.
    I did that last night and I was wondering if I need to do that every time I make new files or modify files on that drive?
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  4. dalchina's Avatar
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    No, you should not have to.

    I also just noticed that it only happens for one of my internal hard drives. I created a new folder with a new file in other drives and they all search fine, just not this one.
    Hi, first, please confirm that either the whole of this disk is to be indexed, or a specific folder or folders are specified to be indexed in Indexing Options on the drive in question.

    Try this simple check:
    Assuming that's so, then, with Indexing Options open, note the number of items indexed.

    Add a file of a type that is specified to be indexed to a folder on the disk in question which is one that is indexed.

    Check the number of items indexed increments.

    How long does this take to happen?

    Note that indexing backs off (stops) with only a little activity on your PC. If there is a long delay in the count incrementing, inspect your task manager. How much CPU and disk activity is there?
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  5. Posts : 68
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    dalchina said:
    No, you should not have to.



    Hi, first, please confirm that either the whole of this disk is to be indexed, or a specific folder or folders are specified to be indexed in Indexing Options on the drive in question.

    Try this simple check:
    Assuming that's so, then, with Indexing Options open, note the number of items indexed.

    Add a file of a type that is specified to be indexed to a folder on the disk in question which is one that is indexed.

    Check the number of items indexed increments.

    How long does this take to happen?

    Note that indexing backs off (stops) with only a little activity on your PC. If there is a long delay in the count incrementing, inspect your task manager. How much CPU and disk activity is there?

    That's a good experiment. I made two new text files and the indexing number went up after five seconds. If I search for the new files, the results come up. However, if I search for the file names of older files, they don't show up. They only show up if I click "don't use index in searching" in folder options
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  6. dalchina's Avatar
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    Hi, are all those examples in the same folder?

    As an experiment, again note the count of indexed items.
    This time, delete one of the 'older' files you have a problem with.
    Does the count decrement?

    (You can restore the file with CTRL Z)
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  7. Posts : 68
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    dalchina said:
    Hi, are all those examples in the same folder?

    As an experiment, again note the count of indexed items.
    This time, delete one of the 'older' files you have a problem with.
    Does the count decrement?

    (You can restore the file with CTRL Z)
    I sent the file to the recycle bin and the count didn't change. I restored it and the count went up by one.

    Also these files were all recently moved to a new folder and I was searching in that new folder and that's when it's having problems.

    I tried in another drive and I was able to search for items when they get moved to a new folder. Maybe there's something with the setting of the drive?
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  8. dalchina's Avatar
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    I sent the file to the recycle bin and the count didn't change.
    Clearly it wasn't indexed previously. That's the odd thing.

    Now it's indexed, can you find it?

    I can't think of any reason how indexing seems to be working normally- yet that file hadn't been indexed before.

    You could try checking that drive:
    Download and run Hard Disk Sentinel (SSD's too) - trial- excellent program, best appraisal I know of right on its GUI.

    If ok, then run
    chkdsk X: /scan
    from an admin command prompt, setting X to the appropriate drive letter.
    Post just the summary result.
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  9. Posts : 68
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    I did some more testing. It seems that if I moved the file to another folder (both existing and new), the file disappears from the index. If the file is in the original place, I can type its file name in the search box and it would come back fine. However, if I move the file somewhere, these things happen:

    1. I can search in the original folder and the result comes up, however, I can't open it since the file is not there anymore.
    2. If I search in the new location, no results would come up, even the file is in that new location.
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  10. dalchina's Avatar
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    However, if I move the file somewhere, these things happen:
    1. I can search in the original folder and the result comes up, however, I can't open it since the file is not there anymore.
    This could happen if the index hasn't been updated. (watch the Index count).

    However, if I move the file somewhere, these things happen:
    Remember you noted that deleting a file caused the count to decrement- the same should happen if you move that file to a non-indexed location.

    What is the file type?

    Await results of drive checks.
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