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What exactly is "INDEXing" a drive?

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Indexing slows down your computer, especially if it's a few years old.
I turned off indexing through the drive property page via Windows Explorer for each drive letter. Since I organized my files in folders, there is no need to index and find them.
Besides, I've used Free Commander to search for either file name or file contents containing specific words. FC also has some basic regular expression capabilities.