Files and folder in Box folder do not show up

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pstrg
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Files and folder in Box folder do not show up

Post by pstrg » Thu Feb 18, 2021 10:13 pm

Everything 1.4.1.1005 (x64)
Windows 10 Pro

Folders and files in Dropbox folder (located at c:\users\<username>\dropbox\) do appear on Everything searches as expected.
Installed also Box (box.com) and just noted that files and folders in Box folder (located at c:\users\<username>\box\) do not appear in searches; I refer to folders and files marked to be available offline.
Went offline and verified that the offline folders and files are really in the machine, not only in the cloud.

To circumvent the problem, added c:\users\<username>\box to the list (was empty) at Options > Index \ Folders - index was quickly updated and Box files and folders began to appear.
Just to check, removed that path from the list - Box folders and files disappeared again from searches.

Why that? Dropbox does not but Box requires me to explicitly add its folder to force Everything to see them.

void
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Re: Files and folder in Box folder do not show up

Post by void » Fri Feb 19, 2021 11:10 am

The Box folder in C:\users\<username>\Box is a folder junction to a virtual file system.
You can see this from a DIR command in C:\users\<username>

The Box virtual file system is formatted as FAT32.
fsutil fsinfo volumeinfo \\?\Volume{BOX-VOLUME-GUID}

The contents of this folder are not really on your C: drive (although storage for the virtual file system might be located on your C: drive)

Because this is a normal FAT volume, Everything can read it as a normal file system folder.

pstrg
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Re: Files and folder in Box folder do not show up

Post by pstrg » Fri Feb 19, 2021 1:50 pm

Interesting - the detailed explanation also contained something to learn about; thank you.

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