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How to Change the Default Index Location in Windows 7 and Windows 8
The Index keeps track of the files on your computer and stores information about the files, including the file name, date modified, and properties like author, tags, and rating. The index is used to make searching for files in Windows much faster. Instead of looking through your entire hard disk for a file name or file property, Windows scans the index, which allows most results to appear in a small fraction of the time that a search without the index would take.
This tutorial will help show you how to change the default index location to be saved where you like in Windows 7 and Windows 8.
You must be logged in as an administrator to be able to do the steps in this tutorial.
The default Search index storage location is in the hidden system folder C:\ProgramData\Microsoft with the full path of:
To Change Index Location in Indexing Options
1. Open the Control Panel (icons view) in Windows 7 or Windows 8, and click/tap on the Indexing Options icon.
2. Click/tap on the Advanced button. (See screenshot below)
3. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.
4. In the Index location box, click/tap on the Select new button. (See screenshot below)
5. Select the drive or folder that you want to store the index in, and click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below) NOTE:When you change the index location, you should choose a location on a non-removable hard disk that is formatted using the NTFS file system.
6. Click/tap on OK. (See screenshot below) NOTE: Notice the new location that you selected should now be listed.
7. The Windows Searchservice will now automatically be restarted, and the change will not go into effect until the restart is complete. It should only take a short bit. NOTE: You will notice the mouse pointer displaying the busy spinning circle over the Indexing Options windows until it is finished.
8. When it's finished, click/tap on Close. (See screenshot below)
To Change Index Location in Registry Editor
1. Press the Windows + R keys to open the Run dialog, type regedit, and click/tap on OK.
2. If prompted by UAC, then click/tap on Yes.
3. In Registry Editor, navigate to the location below. (see screenshot below)
At step 4 in Option one, you can select any folder or location for the index. It doesn't matter.
However, when you change the index location, you should choose a location on a non-removable hard disk that is formatted using the NTFS file system. This way you don't have to worry about the index breaking if the flash drive got removed. Usually it's best to select to have the index on another internal hard drive.
unfortunately not possible use internal hard drive is there possible use dual hard drive internal?
when i backup the original files can be gone/broken? or just like copying files usually?
what good flashdrive to NTSF? or use harddrive eksternal?