Search returns a list of deleted files

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by Elaine Kotzur, Feb 13, 2008.

  1. When I perform a search for a text string in a directory (and all it's files
    and sub-directories), it returns a list of files that were deleted fom the C:
    drive weeks ago. Not only that the sub-directory that the files were in was
    also deleted weeks ago.
    Any ideas on how to get around this? I have wasted hours on this.
    Elaine Kotzur, Feb 13, 2008
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  2. Elaine Kotzur

    R. C. White Guest

    Hi, Elaine.

    Weeks ago? Usually we suggest that users with this problem just wait for a
    while, but "weeks ago" should be more than long enough.

    As you probably know, the Indexing service works only in the background,
    stepping out of our way when we are actively working on the computer. With
    a heavily-used machine, the service might not be getting enough free time to
    do its job, especially if the computer is turned off promptly at the end of
    the workday. Leaving it "idling" overnight should give it enough time for
    indexing to catch up with real life. Choosing to Rebuild Index just before
    leaving for the day could encourage it to get the job done sooner, but be
    prepared for a long rebuilding process if you have a big drive(s) with lots
    of files.

    I'm not sure what else to suggest. I've been beta-testing Vista's Service
    Pack 1, which should be available to everybody next month. I'm not sure
    what Indexing changes were made below the surface, but the User Interface
    has been improved and its performance seems to be better, too.

    R. C. White, CPA
    San Marcos, TX

    Microsoft Windows MVP
    (Running Windows Live Mail 2008 in Vista Ultimate x64 SP1)
    R. C. White, Feb 13, 2008
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