Any way to add network drive to Indexed Locations?

Discussion in 'Windows Vista General Discussion' started by Tim, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. Tim

    Tim Guest

    I would like to create a "Search Folder" with all files of a certain type
    (like Excel files) that are on my computer, and on a network computer. I
    can create a search that just searches the network drive (this is slow), or
    a search that just searches my computer, but I can't combine the two. It
    would be nice to add the network drive to my "Indexed Locations" but I see
    no way to do this, even if the network drive is mapped. The problem is, if
    the network drive is not "pre-indexed", the Search Folder is too slow to be
    of any practical use.

    Is this something that just can't be done in Vista?
    Tim, Oct 29, 2006
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  2. Sorry, no definite answer for you, but...

    1. By default offline files are included in indexed locations so if you make
    a shared folder available offline, offline cache will be indexed by search

    2. There's an addon available [2] for WDS 3.0 on Windows XP [1] that enables
    it to search UNC paths so I guess same functionality should be available for
    Vista either in RTM or as a downloadable add-on/power toy/ultimate extra.

    [1] Windows Desktop Search 3.0

    [2] Windows Desktop Search: Add-in for UNC/FAT
    Alexander Suhovey, Oct 29, 2006
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  3. Tim

    Tim Guest

    Thanks. Offline folders isn't really what I want - creating an offline
    folder means creating a local copy and syncing with the network original,
    which defeats the purpose of wanting to index the network folder. The
    add-on for WDS is exactly what I'm looking for - isn't it strange that XP
    has more functionality in this area than Vista?

    Tim, Oct 29, 2006
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