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Windows 7: Do you index your entire HDD?


24 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7 x64
 
 
Do you index your entire HDD?

does indexing your entire disk for all files hinders performance? is it recommended doing it or not doing it?

thanks.

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24 Jul 2009   #2

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I find that I rarely search for anything on my PC...so half the time I just shut down indexing entirely.
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24 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
 
 

I dont index the entire C: drive where the OS is, just certain parts. Basically heres whats indexed for me:

Internet Explorer history
Offline files
Start menu
Users [as in c:\users] (excludes the appdata folders)
Windows Live Mail
Windows Media Center

Those are the only items indexed on my c:. I have added 2 whole drives for indexing:

F: (user accounts, downloads, general dumping ground)
Z: (music)

as you can see theyre not in any way connected to the OS so wouldnt affect resources quite so much.

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I have also relocated the indexing database to d: which is a wd raptor 36gb drive, thereby reducing resources from c: still further.
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24 Jul 2009   #4
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by xan K View Post
does indexing your entire disk for all files hinders performance? is it recommended doing it or not doing it?

thanks.
Hello Xan K,

The purpose of the index is to help do searches faster for only locations that you search frequently. It is not recemmended to index the entire hard drive.

See: Index Locations - Add or Remove

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If you make the index too large by including the entire hard drive, or to many folders, then your searches will slow down and take longer for the search results to display. You will also find your hard drive running longer and more often in the background while the index updates itself for changes made to the included folder locations. For the best results, it is recommended that you only add folders that you search frequently to be included in the index.
Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Jul 2009   #5

Windows 7 Pro 64 bit
 
 
HDD Indexing

I have turned off indexing (disabled Windows Search service) and I believe it saves CPU cycles on an on-going basis. If you want it running but not constantly indexing setup a dummy directory structure with a single file and restrict indexing to that directory. This approach works.
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24 Jul 2009   #6

Windows 7 x64
 
 

thanks guys for the useful info.
now, how can I remove Windows Live Mail from the indexing. I can't find a way to remove it.
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24 Jul 2009   #7
Microsoft MVP

64-bit Windows 8.1 Enterprise
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by JeremyJukes View Post
I have turned off indexing (disabled Windows Search service) and I believe it saves CPU cycles on an on-going basis. If you want it running but not constantly indexing setup a dummy directory structure with a single file and restrict indexing to that directory. This approach works.
Hello Jeremy,

I agree. Just to let you know though, when index is disabled, searches cannot be done in library folders. If this is not a problem, then disabling the index can save resources and help the hard drive not run as much.

Hope this helps,
Shawn
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24 Jul 2009   #8

Windows 7 7600.16384 x64
 
 

I keep all of my indexing to the system defaults. I do Doc redirects, use outlook data files, and I find that the defaults have never failed me and imporve my search times considerably and never hinder my perforamnce.
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