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By LocoLobo ·
Is there a way to limit the size of the index file Windows Search creates?

Here's my problem. One of my Windows 2003 file servers reported that the C Drive was full. This server has two drives, the C drive is 12gb and the D drive is 250gb.

The Search index on the C drive was 6gb! That seemed excessive. The index was larger than the files it was indexing! I couldn't figure out how to limit the file size though. So I moved it to the D drive where the data is.

It seems like there ought to be a way to limit the file size used by Search. I really don't want to find out it ate my data drive.

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That would be a good thing, wouldn't it?

by seanferd In reply to Windows Search Question

Never occurred to me, as I always turn Indexing service off.

Can you set it to not index certain directories? (Does it index various temp files?)

Amazing how big the index gets. It seems a bit weird to me just how large.

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You can tell it which directories to index

by LocoLobo In reply to That would be a good thin ...

When that update came along I just left everything to defaults. Obviously I need to pay more attention. At home in Vista I set it to index everything including my external HDs. Something to check tonight.

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Have fun storming the castle.

by seanferd In reply to You can tell it which dir ...

I like it that certain apps (indexing, defragmentation) allow you to exclude directories. OTOH, it can be annoyingly complex in the details to do so.

I kind of wonder sometimes if the Index holds on to old, superceded data (append v. overwrite).

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