How to search external hard drive?

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larryq22
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How to search external hard drive?

Post by larryq22 » Sat Jul 03, 2010 10:45 pm

I may be missing something. How do I search an external hard drive, which I plug into my computer via a USB port? It's drive F:. I tried the Math Path option but it didn't find any files. None. Maybe I have to index the drive first? I can't make it work. Thanks much, Lary

therube
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Re: How to search external hard drive?

Post by therube » Sun Jul 04, 2010 1:42 pm

Is the drive formatted NTFS?
If not, then it cannot index it.

Otherwise, check Everything | Tools | Options -> Volumes.

larryq22
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Re: How to search external hard drive?

Post by larryq22 » Sun Jul 04, 2010 2:04 pm

Thanks. It's formatted FAT32. Is there a way to re-format into NTFS without losing the data?

AnonyMouse
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Re: How to search external hard drive?

Post by AnonyMouse » Mon Jul 05, 2010 2:47 pm

your could try opening a command prompt (dos box) and typing

CONVERT volume /FS:NTFS

where volume is the drive letter of your external hdd.

Ensure it is not in use (no windows or files open etc) before you do.

hth,

Anony

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