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What exactly is "INDEXing" a drive?

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Indexing should not have an appreciable affect on the normal operation of your PC as it should only be happening when the PC is idle.

It is admirable that you have your entire PC organized to a T but most people do not organize their PC that strictly and in my experience the majority of them just dump everything in their Documents/My Documents folder with no further organization. For those people indexing can be a life saver since most will never take the time to properly impose even a basic file sorting and organizational structure on their HDD. Of course, these are also the people least likely to use third-party file browsers..............