So I've spent the last several hours learning how to script Windows Explorer shortcuts to prompt searches and actually met with some success.
For example here's a shortcut which when run will search all drives (except C:) for quickbooks *.qbw and *.qbb files.
I'm probably going to create a bunch of these for all different file types to put in a folder on the external drives I return data on. That way when we get phone calls asking "where's my Quickbooks file?" or "where's my Outlook file?", I can just direct them to the links folder and tell them to click on the appropriate one.
Took me a while to figure out the syntax, but now that I have it should be pretty easy to modify:
%windir%\explorer.exe search-ms:"displayname=Search (Quickbooks)&crumb=*.qbw OR *.qbb =folderpath:=NOT C:&crumb=location:/"