Windows Desktop Search not indexing External Hard Drive?

Question by schaller2003: Windows Desktop Search not indexing External Hard Drive?
Windows desktop search 4 is not indexing the external hard drive I have selected. It is indexing my emails and internal hard drive just fine. I’ve tried rebuilding the index and have that drive checked. Any thoughts?

Windows XP
WDS 4
Ahh, you are on to something. When I do that for my C drive the two boxes show up as you’ve described. But when I do that for my external drive (the one thats not being indexed) those two chech boxes are not even there. Any thoughts on that?

Best answer:

Answer by DUNBAR PAPPY
Do you have that service enabled?
For ‘compress contents’ and ‘allow index service’. (These help optimize file recovery speed & save disk space.)
Start> my computer> right click ‘c’ drive> properties> general tab: here check both boxes & ok; don’t freak out, it may say 3 days or more to run, but this drops dramatically as the process advances; just walk away and let ‘er run for the duration: it will self close when done. Depending on the files & sizes, it may take several hours to do (maybe do it at night before bed?).
When done, run ‘CCleaner’ & defrag.

What do you think? Answer below!