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I was trying to find where Electrum stored its wallet files, so I went to C:\ and entered wallet.dat in the search bar (top right), which is supposed to search through the entire C drive (right?), but it didn't find anything.

Later, I manually found the wallet.dat file in C:\Users\Admin\AppData\Roaming\Electrum_SysFiles\1.1\C_\ElectrumPY. Searching for wallet.dat in C:\ still comes up empty. Why is this?

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Think you have to have "view hidden and system files" checked for them to be included in a search, might not be the cause of your problem though since you found it manually. – Martin Oct 28 '12 at 19:40
@Martin Thanks for the suggestion, but those are already enabled ;( – natli Oct 28 '12 at 20:30
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A few reasons that I can think of are as follows

Check if the file is indexed or not. Even I had this problem once and it turns out that my files were not indexed. Try rebuilding the index. goto Run type control.exe srchadmin.dll Then goto Advanced and select Rebuild button.

There is also a known issue and Microsoft has a fix available at

If you are not able to find any file then you should also check whether the search service is enabled. To check on its status, go to Control Panel and then System and Security, Administrative Tools and Services

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This is by design. There is a second option that says something like "hide protected operating system files (Recommended)". Try to uncheck that.

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