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我找不到 is like I cannot find 我不能找 is like I cannot look for
You need to put the language into context. It is an idea that is trying to be expressed. In Mandarin that idea is expressed as 找不到。As muchos as it might not seem like the right way, if is the Chinese way. I became fluent in Mandarin when I just accepted the language.
找到 means to find; 找 means to look for. We do say 我找不到 for this case, but 我不能找到 is also correct in grammar. Just that normally we prefer 我找不到. However, 我不能找 means totally different things, and I believe this is only used in rare cases.
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