Subscriber Charles Slavens wrote:
I think have to find another search function for Win7. I have a three-drawer blackplate which houses SATA drives that I swap in and out. Also I have an external 2tb stripe drive and others drives that I occasionally plug in when needed. I can’t figure out how to search these hard drives.
As a test…. I’m looking at the contents of a hard drive in Windows Explorer and then I type in the name of the folder that I’m looking at into the search function (down by the START button) and I get "no items match your search". BUMMER…..
needed. I can’t figure out how to search these hard drives.
Should I be using GOOGLE DESKTOP… what happened to that friendly little dog that always found stuff for me?…….. chas.
I wrote back to Charles to tell him that I see a couple of problems here.
First, Microsoft changed the search programming in Windows 7, supposedly to make it better. Like Charles, I haven’t found it so — and have been frustrated with the inability to find files and documents that I used to be able to find using Windows’ search.
The other issue is his removable drives. The Windows 7 search will search external drives, but, in swapping drives, he’s probably working at a more complicated level that it expects. He probably has Windows 7 set to index the drives (it does by default). If so, it’s creating its indices of the drives that are connected when it does the indexing.
My first though is that he probably would want to turn off the automatic indexing. That way, Windows 7 would be forced to search when he requests a search. Of course, without the index, the search will be a lot slower.
One feature I miss (or haven’t been able to find) is the ability to search within a document for a string of words or characters. I don’t know if this has been removed, or just has to be accessed in a different manner.
Charles wrote back with another question:
Thanks for your very patient response. A friend has suggested that I turn the cataloging and searching over to a program called http://www.whereisit.com/ .
He does a lotta video stuff and has about 40 external drives that store his various projects. WHEREISIT tells him on which drive the data he’s searching for resides. Have you heard of this program?
I had not heard of WhereIsIt before, but I did a quick look at the web site. Unfortunately, there’s little there other than a reference to a new service that was expected to go live in Spring, 2011, and a signup for their mailing list. The site uses the word "service" — not a reference to a program or product. I would not allow any company to search and maintain an index of my hard drives.
When I wrote back to Charles, he wrote back:
FYI…… According to a long-time user this program stores the information on the local computer, not in some off-site server.
That’s not something I would have guessed from the limited information available at the time on the web "service’s" web site.
Meanwhile, back to Windows 7 searching, you can get helpful hints on using the Windows 7 Help functions by using the built-in Windows 7 Help.
Just go to Start > Help and Support. In the Search Help box, type Search and press the Enter key.