-=PCTechTalk=- Re: -=PCTechTalk=-

UPDATE:  When I go to Start and type the string into the search
box and then click "See more results" it finds everything.  I
thought that the Start search box and the Windows Explorer search
box were the same engine.  

I'll have to start looking at replacement engines soon.  Do any
of them use the same search input box that Windows Search does?

The last time I saw an update to Search it was to version 4.0.
Does anybody know where it is now?  How would I check?

Don


-----Original Message-----
From: pctechtalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:pctechtalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of EddieB
Sent: Sunday, May 06, 2012 12:31 AM
To: pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- Re: -=PCTechTalk=-

Don, 

I've given up on Windows "Search" feature a long time ago.  It is
nearly impossible to get it to find all matches because it thinks
it know what types of files you want to search for and where.
There are many registry tweaks that you can do to make it better,
but I have never been able to get it to my liking.  There are
several free alternatives out there, but I prefer "Search
Everything" from www.voidtools.com website.  It only searches for
filenames, but does an excellent and quick job.  To search for
files that contain text you want is harder to find in a free
program.  I still use my somewhat outdated, but still very
capable "FileLocator Pro" to find files that contain certain text
and many, many other options. 

I have not run into your problem with moving folders, but I
rarely use Windows Copy or Move options.  Although using TeraCopy
I don't see the new Destination folders in the left side "folder
view", but they do show on the right side "folder and file view".
If I restart Explorer or hit F5 to refresh then it does show on
the left side.  This is under WinXP as I have not had enough time
to finish my Win7 partition.

Ed

-----Original Message-----
From: pctechtalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
[mailto:pctechtalk-bounce@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of
recklessmaverick@xxxxxxxxxx
Sent: Saturday, May 05, 2012 6:19 PM
To: pctechtalk@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: -=PCTechTalk=- 

Windows 7 clean install with all updates
4 GB RAM

500GB Hard drive

Dual-core CPU

1500GB External USB hard drive

 

I have an external drive with 3 folders each having sub-folders
and nested sub folders in the manner shown below.

 

Drive X:

--Folder 01

----sub-folder

------sub-sub-folder

--------sub-sub-sub folder 

--Folder 02

----sub-folder

------sub-sub-folder

--------sub-sub-sub folder 

Folder 03

----sub-folder

------sub-sub-folder

--------sub-sub-sub folder 

 

All 3 parent folders contain a sub-sub-folder with several files
with names that contain the string "abcde" and a zip folder (the
sub-sub-sub-folder) name that also contains the string "abcde".

 

When I use Windows Explorer's search feature it finds ONLY the
folders and files in Folder 03 and all of its nested sub-folders.
I know by physically looking in the other folders (01 and 02) and
their nested sub-folders that folders and files with string do
indeed exist.  I looked at one of the files that did appear in
the search and noted that the meta data "Comments"  included the
string "abcde".  I then went to a sub-sub-folder and added the
sting to the meta data there.  That file (but none of the others)
and the zip folder within that sub-sub-folder then began
appearing in the search results.

 

I tried closing and re-launching Windows Explorer but the problem
still exists.  If I could figure out how to do it I would tell
windows to re-index the drive to see if that would help.

 

This may be related to another problem I am having.  When I move
or copy folders from one folder to another folder (either on the
same drive or a different one) the moved folder names do not
appear in the new folder (in the folder tree) or (when moving)
disappear from the old folder (in the tree or in the display
pane).  If I try the move again thinking it didn't happen then I
get the error message saying the file cannot be found.  If I
search the new folder the moved files/folders appear in the
results but still not in the folder tree.  A close and re-launch
of Windows Explorer fixes it but the next time I copy or move I
have to repeat the fix.

 

How do I fix this?

 

Thanks,

Don



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