How to manually add a new location to be indexed (Registry or Powershell)


irwiin161

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Hello Everyone,

I have tons of files on different partitions that needs to be indexed but strangely when I go to " Indexing Options" then " Modify" then " Show all Locations" The only drive that is showing is the C:\ Drive

I have the latest Windows 11 Pro 22H2.

Basically,I' m looking for a workaround to manually add the D:\, H:\, E:\, etc drives to the indexed locations.
All the partitions are marked as active

Thanks for the help
 

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A question, are the drives Internally connected or are they External USB or eSATA drives or NAS drives?
 

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A question, are the drives Internally connected or are they External USB or eSATA drives or NAS drives?
Internally SATA, it works just fine with the old 21H2 but security wise I can't rollback
 

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    2 x 8GB DDR4 2.400mhz
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    1 x 256 GB SSD
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If there is something wrong with Search Index, the usual procedure is to Delete and Rebuild the Search Index, although never tried the remedy for detecting nonindexed locations > "Indexing Options", "Advanced", "Rebuild".
 

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If there is something wrong with Search Index, the usual procedure is to Delete and Rebuild the Search Index, although never tried the remedy for detecting nonindexed locations > "Indexing Options", "Advanced", "Rebuild".
Already tried that, >.<
 

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    AMD
    CPU
    200GE
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    A320M-S2H V2
    Memory
    2 x 8GB DDR4 2.400mhz
    Hard Drives
    1 x 256 GB SSD
    4 x 12 TB HDD
    PSU
    EVGA 500 GD
What happens if you click on modify - and then click on 'Start menu' in the bottom box?
(For some reason I have the user folder missing and can't get it to show 🤷‍♂️)


2022-09-04 12_39_55-Indexed Locations.png
 

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What happens if you click on modify - and then click on 'Start menu' in the bottom box?
(For some reason I have the user folder missing and can't get it to show 🤷‍♂️)


View attachment 38315
It shouws every folder on the C:\ drive.
 

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    2 x 8GB DDR4 2.400mhz
    Hard Drives
    1 x 256 GB SSD
    4 x 12 TB HDD
    PSU
    EVGA 500 GD
The only drive that is showing is the C:\ Drive
Sorry, I can't reproduce the issue -

Navigating from Control Panel => Indexing Options => Modify I get the following result

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Drives C: => J: are partitions on my internal hard drive;
Drives V: => Z: are partitions on USB-connected external drives.
 

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    Windows 11 Pro v 24H2 (Build 26100.1150)
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    Dell Precision 3660 Tower Workstation
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    12th Gen Intel(R) Core(TM) i9-12900 5.10 GHz
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    1 x 1TB Seagate STGX4000400 External HDD
    1 x 2TB Seagate STGX4000400 External HDD
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Open file explorer -This PC and right click one of the drives, select properties and tick the box to 'Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties.'

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My Computers

System One System Two

  • OS
    Win 11 Home & 🐥.
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ACER Nitro AN16-41
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen™ 7 7735HS Processor 3.2Ghz
    Motherboard
    RB Sierra_PEH (FP7)
    Memory
    32 GB DDR5 4800MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 4060 8GB GDDR6
    Monitor(s) Displays
    16" QHD+ 165Hz 16:10 IPS Technology
    Screen Resolution
    1920 X 1200
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 990 PRO 2TB
    PSU
    330 Watts
    Mouse
    Lenovo Bluetooth.
    Internet Speed
    500 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
  • Operating System
    Windows 11
    Computer type
    Laptop
    Manufacturer/Model
    ACER NITRO
    CPU
    AMD Ryzen 7 5800H / 3.2 GHz
    Motherboard
    CZ Scala_CAS (FP6)
    Memory
    32 GB DDR4 SDRAM 3200 MHz
    Graphics card(s)
    NVIDIA GeForce RTX 3060 6 GB GDDR6 SDRAM
    Sound Card
    Realtek Audio. NVIDIA High Definition Audio
    Monitor(s) Displays
    15.6" LED backlight 1920 x 1080 (Full HD) 144 Hz
    Screen Resolution
    1920 x 1080 (Full HD)
    Hard Drives
    Samsung 970 Evo Plus 2TB NVMe M.2
    PSU
    180 Watt, 19.5 V
    Mouse
    Lenovo Bluetooth
    Internet Speed
    500 Mbps
    Browser
    Edge
    Antivirus
    Defender
Irwiin,

Have you perhaps re-partitioned the disk since Indexing was first set up by Windows?
If so then rebuilding the search index from scratch [= reset & rebuild rather than just rebuild] might well sort the problem out for you.
Reset and Rebuild Search Index - ElevenForumTutorials
I mention this because I once had an oddly labelled entry like yours after I had repartitioned a disk [in Windows 7] and I found that rebuilding the index fixed it for me.
I appreciate that you seem to have tried this already but the tutorial does describe several methods for doing it & perhaps its Option 3 will work in your case.



Best of luck,
Denis
 

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    Windows 11 Home x64 Version 23H2 Build 22631.3447
Sorry, I can't reproduce the issue -

Navigating from Control Panel => Indexing Options => Modify I get the following result

View attachment 38511

Drives C: => J: are partitions on my internal hard drive;
Drives V: => Z: are partitions on USB-connected external drives.
Tried that too and clicked the "Show all locations" option
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Saoirse1.618eaG
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    AMD
    CPU
    200GE
    Motherboard
    A320M-S2H V2
    Memory
    2 x 8GB DDR4 2.400mhz
    Hard Drives
    1 x 256 GB SSD
    4 x 12 TB HDD
    PSU
    EVGA 500 GD
Open file explorer -This PC and right click one of the drives, select properties and tick the box to 'Allow files on this drive to have contents indexed in addition to file properties.'

View attachment 38522
By default, this option is activated.
 

My Computer

System One

  • OS
    Saoirse1.618eaG
    Computer type
    PC/Desktop
    Manufacturer/Model
    AMD
    CPU
    200GE
    Motherboard
    A320M-S2H V2
    Memory
    2 x 8GB DDR4 2.400mhz
    Hard Drives
    1 x 256 GB SSD
    4 x 12 TB HDD
    PSU
    EVGA 500 GD

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