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Searching Your Hard Drive On Microsoft Windows Vista PC

A computer’s hard drive contains everything that you store on it as it is a permanent storage device. From your music files to picture files and Word documents etc., as long as you saved it on your computer’s hard disk and have not yet deleted it, you have it in your hard drive in the path selected by you while storing.

Finding files in a computer’s hard drive is one of the most basic procedure. There will always be those times when you need to look up a file that you may have used some time ago. If you still manage to remember the title of the document, folder, music or photo that you are looking for then exploring your hard drive for it will be much faster and easier.

If you are unfortunate and cannot remember the name of file/folder, then you might have to go through more steps in order to retrieve your file/folder.

For some people, finding files on their hard drives may be an easy procedure, especially if they are using the older versions of Microsoft Windows like XP or older (Windows 98/95). The case with the new Microsoft Vista is that the procedure remain essentially the same, but the people at Microsoft managed to tweak the search code a little bit in an attempt to make it more user friendly.

Depending on how your Windows Vista is set up, the location of the search prompt may be located differently. Some setups have a search window at the bottom of the fly-out START menu. This way, it is easier to search because you do not have to go any further.

All you need to do is to enter the name of the file/folder that you are looking for, click ‘SEARCH’ or press ‘ENTER’ on your keyboard and then the search process for the file/folder starts.

For those of you, who are not able to locate such a "search window", do not worry. Follow these steps:


  • Click on the ‘START’ menu (located at bottom left corner of the task bar) of Windows desktop.
  • When the "fly-out window" opens, type the file/folder name in "Start Search" bar (small one), choose "Search Everywhere" by clicking on it. Another window appears that shows you the results based on your search.
  • In this window, which is self explanatory, explore it and you will find options to search in a particular folder (at left side by clicking below Folders (Desktop, Public, Computer, Network, Recycle Bin, Search Results in Indexed Locations etc.).
  • If you need a more specific search with more search options for searching your files and folders on your PC, click on the ‘Advanced Search’ icon at right side and then choose one or more options from Location, Date, Size (KB) etc. To be more successful in finding files quickly, you can use wildcard characters (*.doc, *.xls, *.jpg etc.) in "Name" search field.

This way you can easily find or search for the files or/and folders on a computer having Microsoft’s Windows Vista Operating System (OS).

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