Poor results from Win-7 desktop search index
January 1, 2013 3:42 AM Subscribe
How can I tweak the Windows 7 search index so that I can find all files on both the SSD and the hdd?
posted by peacay to computers & internet (6 answers total)
I thought I went through this -- indexing -- pain a couple of months ago (after installing an ssd) when I clicked boxes so that the index search would include all file types across the C & F drives (as well as on the small system and factory image partitions that are also listed as separate drives).
It took quite a few(?) hours to complete the indexing - as best as I recall - and it now says it indexes ~360K items which sounds a realistic number; certainly much more than the amount there previously. I can't say what turned up on searches before then though: I just don't know if I'd bothered. It's because of the new drive that indexing the hdd seems now more useful now.
But I'm really only turning up programs and windows help and operating system items searching from the start button (the results turn up immediately). However, no file names turn up and, for instance, a generic search for .jpg turns up nothing.
Going into the advanced options in indexing I note that all file types were chosen and it's instructed to index both properties and file contents.
So, before rebuilding the search index (which, as I say, I *know* I did when the ssd was installed), can you please offer me any advice about which settings/which tick-boxes/file-types to include/exclude &c &c??
[win 7 home premium 64bit SP1 / 125gb ssd / 500gb hdd (75gb free)]