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How do I search for a file [excel spreadsheet] ..

by christy / December 28, 2013 4:23 PM PST

located at an external drive [usb] with three partitions ?



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By name, file type, etc?
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 28, 2013 5:00 PM PST

Which method is failing for you?


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By file name at the search box.... (after clicking Start)...
by christy / December 28, 2013 5:45 PM PST

The system does not seem to search external disks,,,,and when I click at the "Search everywhere" option, the window just closes.

TIA, christy.

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Does the system
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 28, 2013 6:39 PM PST

recognise the external disks when they are connected?

I mean, does "My Computer", (now called just "Computer" in Vista and above), or Windows Explorer list the external drives, and if so can you navigate through the folders and files on these drives?


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The disks (partitions) are recognized ...
by christy / December 28, 2013 9:32 PM PST
In reply to: Does the system

and appeared under " Computer" and yes, I am able to navigate through the folders without problems.


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In that case
by MarkFlax Forum moderator / December 30, 2013 2:55 AM PST

Kees' option should find the files.

But if you want a more graphic user friendly way, open Windows Explorer or open "Computer", highlight the drive or partition you want to search, and use Explorer's own search option top right of the explorer window.


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Re: searching for a file
by Kees_B Forum moderator / December 28, 2013 7:36 PM PST

The command prompt never fails me, if I know the drive letter (only three to try), (part of) the filename and the extension (.xlsx or .xls). For example to search for all xlsx-files with a filename starting with ka on drive g: I type:
dir g:\ka*.xlsx /s (+ enter-key of course).


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