How to search other drives from Windows search on Windows 10 [Photos]

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Windows search, by default, only searches the C drive or whichever drive it’s you’ve put in Windows 10. It’s not a bad feature if it works and to make it reach different drives on your system will make it more helpful. Of course, out of the box, this doesn’t happen so here’s how you’ll be able to search different drives from Windows search.

We should mention that when you first add a complete drive to the Windows index, it may slow down whereas the files are indexed.

Index other drives

Go to Windows search and type in ‘Indexing Options’ and tap on the Control Panel result that shows up.

index different drives

Click the Modify button and a brand new window will open for you. All the other drives, internal and external, are going to be listed in this window. you’ll choose a complete drive or, if you’d prefer to index some folders on a different drive, you’ll have to expand it and choose the folder(s) you would like to index. Click Ok.

index different drives

When you first add a new location, the Indexing options will show you a message ‘Indexing speed is reduced due to user activity’. this message will be temporary. With the addition of the new locations, it’ll take some time to index all the files. Once the files are indexed, everything is going to be back to normal.

index different drives windows 10

Enhanced search

Windows 10 has 2 completely different search modes; Classic, and Enhanced. Enhanced search can search for more then the default locations and if you change it, it’ll so search your entire computer.

To activate it, open the Settings app and head to the Search group of settings. If you’re on an older version of Windows 10, you would possibly have to go to the Cortana group of settings.

In the Search group of settings, choose the ‘Searching Windows’ tab. below ‘Find My Files’ select the Enhanced option.

index different drives

Excluding locations

To do this, you can actually add an entire drive or select locations to the Windows search index but, it’s not unlikely that you just might want to exclude some locations whiles still indexing everything else.

To exclude some folders, you can go through each of the indexing options and Searching Windows tab within the Settings app.

Under indexing Options, expand the drive you would like to index and uncheck the folders you would like to exclude.

index different drives

In the Settings app, head to Search>Searching Windows. Scroll down and click on the ‘Add an excluded folder’ button. Select the folder you would like to exclude and it won’t be indexed/searchable.

index different drives

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