Windows 10: Windows search can't look inside other partitions

Discus and support Windows search can't look inside other partitions in Windows 10 Network and Sharing to solve the problem; Hello, I have several partitions beyond the C: where Windows and programs are installed. I store my data on D:, E: and F: drives, but those can't be... Discussion in 'Windows 10 Network and Sharing' started by LeoCarmo, Aug 17, 2019.

  1. LeoCarmo Win User

    Windows search can't look inside other partitions



    Hello, I have several partitions beyond the C: where Windows and programs are installed. I store my data on D:, E: and F: drives, but those can't be searched, which renders the Windows search function virtually useless.

    For some reason only the C: partition is recognized by the indexing service, so its files are the only ones being retrived in a search from the start menu.

    Under the indexing options, I see "144.000 items indexed", then a list below "index these places:"


    • C:


    • Start menu


    • Microsoft Outlook

    But the D: drives and beyond are nowhere to be added.

    Some details:


    1. Windows search service is active and running;


    2. I already tried rebuilding the index;


    3. The owner of the C: drive is TrustedInstaller, while the owner of drives D to F: is me;


    4. Version here is 1809 build 17763.678.

    Any thoughts?


    :)
     
    LeoCarmo, Aug 17, 2019
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  2. W1zzard Win User

    W7 Hard drive partition issue

    to get rid of that 100 meg windows partition that setup creates for you on a new install on a blank hdd:

    - press shift+f10 when on the partition management screen in setup <-- this opens a command prompt
    - diskpart <-- start the windows command line partition management tool
    - list disk <--- list the installed hdds in this computer for the next step
    - select disk 0 <- might have to replace 0 with the number of the correct disk
    - clean <-- this will erase all data on the disk you selected one step up- dont use the wrong disk!
    - create partition primary <- creates a primary partition taking up all space on the drive, adjust the command if necessary
    - exit, exit to exit diskpart and the command prompt
    - click refresh in partition manager and select your newly created partition and install to that
     
    W1zzard, Aug 17, 2019
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  3. Installing Windows Vista/7 on a GUID Partition Table

    I've never tried multiple partitions so this is a shot in the dark...

    At step #10, I would try setting the size parameter (it is in mebibytes) to how large you want the partition windows is installed on to be, then go ahead and install windows. This will leave the rest of the drive raw instead of consuming it into the OS partition (C drive). Once you successfully boot into Windows, you should be able to use Computer Management -> Disk Management to create partitions in the raw space.


    If you really wanted to do it with diskpart before Windows is installed, you basically repeat the following lines making sure to specify a size if you don't want it to consume all remaining space:
    • create partition primary size=size in mebibytes here
    • format quick fs=ntfs label="appropriate name here"
    • assign letter=C thru Z here
    Obviously, you can use quick formatting or leave it out for full format. Leave off the size parameter when you reach the final partition that should consume all the remaining space. Also remember that the order you do this in goes from the outside of the disk (where it is fastest) to the inside of the disk (where it is slowest). Because of this, it is recommended to put EFI (e.g. size=300), then MSR (e.g. size=300), then Windows (e.g. size=30000), then Applications (e.g. size=70000), then Storage (e.g. no size parameter).

    If I'm right, the above example would look like this:
    • diskpart
    • list disk
    • select disk <id>
    • online disk
    • attributes disk clear readonly
    • clean
    • convert gpt
    • create partition efi size=300
    • create partition msr size=300
    • create partition primary size=30000
    • format fs=ntfs label="Windows"
    • assign letter=C
    • create partition primary size=70000
    • format fs=ntfs label="Applications"
    • assign letter=D
    • create partition primary
    • format fs=ntfs label="Storage"
    • assign letter=E
    • exit
     
    FordGT90Concept, Aug 17, 2019
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  4. enso Win User

    Windows search can't look inside other partitions

    Quick Access not searching Pictures folder


    Summary, that last suggestion didn't work.

    • I moved the pictures to another folder temporarily.


    • Since there were no troubleshooting steps for this scenario, just for the heck of it, I ran through the restore steps. Copied some pictures into the Pictures folder, ran a Quick Access search and initial problem remains: Searching all of QA doesn't find any files in Pictures folder, running search on just the Pictures folder does. I want to run a global search and find matching files in any/all of the Documents, Music, Videos, and Pictures folders.
    That article dates from 2015 and I'm guessing is out of date. I hope it didn't create potential future problems in my registry.

    Bottom line: I'm still looking for a fix.
     
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