I have two folders in an external SSD with the name "sumatera": "REGION SUMATERA" and "REGION SUMATERA 500". However, when I search for it with the Finder's Search feature, only "REGION SUMATERA" appears, the other folder "REGION SUMATERA 500" doesn't appear. Why does this happen and how do I fix Finder Search?

  • Welcome to Ask Different. What is the format of the external SSD (APFS, HFS+, exFAT...)? When you open the disk in the Finder, do you see both folders?
    – jaume
    Commented Apr 8, 2022 at 12:12

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Spotlight excludes many types of files as well as many portions of the drive from results. First step, rebuild the index for that drive and validate its format is Apple specific as spotlight only indexes HFS and APFS file systems.

You can use finder to include “System Files” in advanced searches, but past that I would recommend a tool like locate or a graphical file search tool.

Once you’ve located the file, you can validate if it should be indexed and there’s a crash or data error with spotlight or it’s just excluded by design or your Mac has custom exclusions.

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