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Post by leseil612 on Thu May 31, 2012 2:19 pm

When I was with XP if ever I forgot where I had put a file or folder; I would click on Start and then Search then type in the name of the missing file or folder and it was found without a problem. I could even designate which drives, cards,flash memory etc that I wanted it to search, excellent tool. Now I have Win 7 Ultimate and if a file or folder goes missing I click on Start then type in the file or folder name into the box that says Search programs and files but rarely does it find the file for me, even when I know it is there and I usually end up doing a manual search which can take a long time BECAUSE....I have.

1 SD card 1 gig
1 CF card 1 gig
1 Flash drive 8 gig
2 Internal HD's 186 gig
1 Ext HD 500 gig

I have even searched for files that I know where they are but it still says no match found. I am now beginning to wonder if I am trying to use the wrong tool or the right tool in the wrong way, any help gratefully received.
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Post by SithTracy on Thu May 31, 2012 4:18 pm

I'm old school... I use a command prompt and I do a search from there. Say I want to find a word doc somewhere on my C:\ drive... I open a command prompt and type the following:

dir C:\*.doc /s
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Post by leseil612 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:21 am

Thanks Tracy, I will try that. When I contacted windows help it said that the search in Windows 7 only searches indexed folders. When I tried to index a certain area then used the search tool on a file that I knew was there it still came up as NO MATCH FOUND. I am beginning to think that XP is still the best OS and Microsoft are only releasing others NOT to advance our computing experience but to increase revenue.....or am I being naive.
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Re: Search in Windows 7

Post by Bob2701 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 3:22 pm

Give this a try.

Type in your search string and then click on "See more results"
Then click "Custom" and check the box next to Computer.

This will look at all the drives you have.
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Post by leseil612 on Fri Jun 01, 2012 8:20 pm

Thank you Bob, I will give it a try
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Post by startreksuite on Sun Jun 03, 2012 9:38 pm

if you don't mind using an external program, I would suggest voidtools Everything.
type the name of the file, and it searches all the drives and finds it in no time flat!
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Post by leseil612 on Mon Jun 04, 2012 7:08 pm

Thanks Startrek that really is a great little programme amazingly fast. clap
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Post by Bob2701 on Mon Jun 04, 2012 9:29 pm

Nice little program, super fast.
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Post by startreksuite on Wed Jun 06, 2012 1:50 am

thanks guys!
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