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Windows 8 search is not working properly.

  1. #1


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro

    Windows 8 search is not working properly.


    I'm having trouble with Windows search.

    Neither the start screen nor the search feature within Explorer will return any results if the files I want to look for are on my secondary HDD. This is a bit of a problem as all of my documents, pictures, videos, downloads etc are on this secondary drive.

    I can even go into the documents library and search using Explorer, and it still won't find anything that I search for.

    Any suggestions? Everything is indexed and the indexing is complete.

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  2. #2


    Quote Originally Posted by WindowsUser View Post
    I'm having trouble with Windows search.

    Neither the start screen nor the search feature within Explorer will return any results if the files I want to look for are on my secondary HDD. This is a bit of a problem as all of my documents, pictures, videos, downloads etc are on this secondary drive.

    I can even go into the documents library and search using Explorer, and it still won't find anything that I search for.

    Any suggestions? Everything is indexed and the indexing is complete.
    Hello there!

    Go to Control Panel\All Control Panel Items\Troubleshooting\System and Security and select "Search and Indexing" let it fix it for you.
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  3. #3


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    Thanks for the quick reply. It didn't find any problems.
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  4. #4


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    Did you add the locations to your Libraries?

    Library - Include a Folder - Windows 7 Forums

    Library locations are automatically indexed. Or, you can add them manually in the search options.
    Last edited by Brink; 05 Nov 2012 at 23:55. Reason: added tutorial link for more info
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  5. #5


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    Yea, they're already in my libraries.

    I've given up getting Windows to search it, it just refuses for whatever reason.

    I downloaded a program called Everything, and I'll be trying that for a period.
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  6. #6


    Try doing a Refresh Refresh Windows 8
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  7. #7


    You can't find something n another hard drive by using "Search."
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  8. #8


    Posts : 22,582
    64-bit Windows 10


    Hello WindowsUser, and welcome to Eight Forums.

    Do you have that location added to your index?

    If not, then you will not get search results from it.

    Search in Windows 8

    and

    Index Locations - Add or Remove - Windows 7 Forums

    Hope this helps,
    Shawn
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  9. #9


    Posts : 9
    Windows 8 Pro


    Yes, its all indexed.

    It just seems that Windows search won't work on a drive that Windows isn't installed on. A bit stupid if you ask me, but this was confirmed by one of MS's technical agents.
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  10. #10


    Posts : 1,925
    Windows 8.1 Pro


    No, that's not true as it works on my second and third drives.
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