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Windows 7: Indexing Only Index Small Number of Files

25 Sep 2011   #1

Windows Server 2008 r2 32-bit
Indexing Only Index Small Number of Files


I am a new user to this forum so please be kind.

I have a newer system with Win7 64-bit running. I manage many other machines and really have never had to think about the indexing service. It always seems to work decently although it has its faults.

However, this is my personal machine and want it to work somewhat as it should and there's something way out of whack here. I built this system online and it has performed flawlessly. Not a glitch - except the indexing part of it.

My hardware:
1. Gigabyte H67A-UD3H-B3
2. 8 GB Memory
3. Crucial Model 300 SSD
4. WS 500GB Black Caviar HD
5. 2 Dell Monitors
6. Plain vanilla networking w/built in ethernet
7. HP DVD R/W Drive

I have configured what I want indexed and what I don't but not much of a change from Microsoft defaults. Services.msc reports that the indexing service and Windows Search servie status is "started" with "automatic" startup type.

The problem is no matter what I do my index only contains about 4,000 files. I have much smaller system that have over 800,000 files indexed and there's many more files on this machine. I've tried rebuilding the index many times, uninstalled and reinstalled the Index and serch services. Changed the registry to run indexing at full speed and left the machine on full power overnight and STILL always get around 3,000 to 4,000 files indexed. I have searched via the start menu and while in a folder using Windows Explorer. I check to make ABSOLUTELY sure I have the folder in the list of Indexed folders (control panel->Indexing Servce) and yet a search doesn't come back with ANY files. Occasionally, while searching in the Windows Explorer search box I'll get a message that I should add C: to my search list but it's already there. Obviously a few of the folders on the C: drive are in the exclude list but most are not.

I know I haven't given much to go on here but I'm hoping someone will see something in my description that will spark an idea to go with that I haven't already tried. I wish I could give you a really comprehensive list of what I've done but I've been playing with this on and off for the last several months.


My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Sep 2011   #2

Win 8 Release candidate 8400

Just a thought!!

How much free HD space is there on the OS partition?
My System SpecsSystem Spec
26 Sep 2011   #3

Windows Server 2008 r2 32-bit

It's a 128GB SSD with 70GB free. Thanks for the idea though.
My System SpecsSystem Spec


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