Vista Search Returns Deleted Files

Discussion in 'Windows Vista File Management' started by John Hanley, Aug 1, 2007.

  1. John Hanley

    John Hanley Guest

    A search in Vista often returns files that have been previously deleted &
    recycle bin emptied. However, if I choose the option to "Include
    non-indexed, hidden, and system files", these 'phantom' files do not show
    up. What could be causing this behavior?
    John Hanley, Aug 1, 2007
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  2. John Hanley

    brink Guest

    Hi John,

    This is a normal behavior of the Indexing Service. Since Indexing is a
    background program it only indexes the hard drive a bit here and there
    during low or no usage by you. It will eventually update itself and
    remove the deleted files from the indexed search results. When you use
    the non-indexed, it searches the hard drive in real time and not from a
    older indexed list. That is why you do not see them in it. If you want
    to forces a update to the Indexing Service, then do the "Rebuild"
    section at this link. It should remove them then.



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    brink, Aug 2, 2007
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  3. John Hanley

    John Hanley Guest

    Thanks for this information. I did manage to do a "Rebuild" and things are
    much clearer now. One thing that did confound my understanding was that
    there can be an interference between the Indexing Service and the Power
    Options. My indexing had been stymied by having my Power Option on Power
    Savings Mode. Putting the Power Option on High Performance got the index
    started again. I don't know for how long the Indexing had been stymied like
    that, and that was probably part of my problem. My searches are now giving
    me much more useful results.
    John Hanley, Aug 4, 2007
  4. What you are implying, is that at no time can Search be trusted to be
    accurate, because it's always going to be "behind the times".

    So we have the overhead of indexer chugging away in the background,
    just so we can get inaccurate results faster.

    Er... what's the point of this, again?
    So if you want results you can believe, then don't use the index
    material that hogged your resources and space to create.
    The most accurate diagnostic instrument
    in medicine is the Retrospectoscope
    cquirke (MVP Windows shell/user), Aug 4, 2007
  5. John Hanley

    brink Guest

    Hi cquirke,

    If you make a lot of changes often to the files you set for Indexing,
    then yes the Indexing Service will be less reliable. To help increase
    the accuracy you would need to increase the performance level for it to
    High in Power Options and or use the "Search non-index" option for the
    files you change a lot. It can still be a good tool for quick searches
    on files that do not change that often.



    *There are no dumb questions, just the people that do not ask them.*
    _ (\"\")_
    *Please post feedback to help others.*
    brink, Aug 4, 2007
  6. John Hanley

    mpersico Guest

    1) Search finds a file I deleted three months ago.:(
    2) "Open File Location" fails because the file and the dir are not
    3) Mozy backup is currently trying to backup the file! :eek:

    What possible API call could they be using to think they should be
    backing up this file????
    mpersico, Jun 3, 2008
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