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314 Move the Search Index Cache from Your SSD to an HDD [Updated]If you’re using an SSD, there are a few things you can do to extend its life. One of the things you can do is move the search index cache.

The Search Index I/O activity can take a considerable toll on your system drive by keeping it busy. If you have an SSD, this may reduce its life. By moving the index to a separate drive, you can increase overall performance of your PC (more noticeable under load) and preserve the life of your SSD.

Move the Search Index to Another Drive

1. Click Start, type index in the search bar, and click indexing options

2. Click Advanced

3. Click Select new and select a new location on a different physical hard drive:

search index change location Move the Search Index Cache from Your SSD to an HDD [Updated]

4. Click OK

The service will restart and moved the index to the new drive:

search index alternate drive Move the Search Index Cache from Your SSD to an HDD [Updated]

Note: While the index service is rebuilt on your new drive you may notice a decrease in system performance.



 Move the Search Index Cache from Your SSD to an HDD [Updated]

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  • Devin

    i have 20gb and 384mb of ram i want to seperate vista,pagefile, and search index on different drives/partitions( i know how to create em i just dont know what all my settings should be) can you tell me how i would go about doing that?

  • Devin

    i have 20gb and 384mb of ram i want to seperate vista,pagefile, and search index on different drives/partitions( i know how to create em i just dont know what all my settings should be) can you tell me how i would go about doing that?

  • Devin

    i have 20gb and 384mb of ram i want to seperate vista,pagefile, and search index on different drives/partitions( i know how to create em i just dont know what all my settings should be) can you tell me how i would go about doing that?

  • Devin

    i have 20gb and 384mb of ram i want to seperate vista,pagefile, and search index on different drives/partitions( i know how to create em i just dont know what all my settings should be) can you tell me how i would go about doing that?

  • Devin

    i have 20gb and 384mb of ram i want to seperate vista,pagefile, and search index on different drives/partitions( i know how to create em i just dont know what all my settings should be) can you tell me how i would go about doing that?
    So basically i just need to know how big to make the page file and search index partions,

  • Devin

    i have 20gb and 384mb of ram i want to seperate vista,pagefile, and search index on different drives/partitions( i know how to create em i just dont know what all my settings should be) can you tell me how i would go about doing that?
    So basically i just need to know how big to make the page file and search index partions,

  • Devin

    i have 20gb and 384mb of ram i want to seperate vista,pagefile, and search index on different drives/partitions( i know how to create em i just dont know what all my settings should be) can you tell me how i would go about doing that?
    So basically i just need to know how big to make the page file and search index partions,

  • Devin

    i have 20gb and 384mb of ram i want to seperate vista,pagefile, and search index on different drives/partitions( i know how to create em i just dont know what all my settings should be) can you tell me how i would go about doing that?
    So basically i just need to know how big to make the page file and search index partions,

  • Wizkid

    I have a number of fast flash cards that stay in my laptop permanently. Would it be detrimental to move my index location to one of these cards? The speeds range from 10MB/s sustained (SDHC backup) to 90MB/s sustained (P2HD raid 4-way SDHC raid as scratch disk) my SxS (untested >50MB/s) are in expresscard slot during edits. I would think the index location would benefit from the decreased seek times of flash and it would take a load off of my HDD. It’s easy to set up a flash drive (+ reader) as an internal drive, so setting the location is not an issue.

    I’m looking to add an ssd to the system at some point (move current HDD to the CD/DVD drive slot as storage), so I assume I’ll move the index location back to the boot drive then.

    Thanks for the article and response.

  • http://www.mintywhite.com Thomas

    That’s why you’re the head of Mintywhite ;-)
    Thanks “boss”

  • http://www.techx64.com/ Tushar Agarwal

    Excellent, disabling search index on ssd caused a lot of problems while searching a file. Moving the search index to another drive works like charm.

  • Matthew Hicks

    I was wondering what I should be doing with my F: drive, and taking a load off my brand new SSD seems like a great idea. Thanks for the article!

  • DallasDon

    Added an SSD to my laptop and installed a 1TB drive in DVD bay using an adapter. When I try to move the index to my 1TB drive it fails. Through the event viewer Windows Search says it successfully moved the index. Then I get an error from the Gatherer Task: The Windows Search Service cannot open the Jet property store. It assumes a database error, and tries to recreate the index. Then it issues the error: The plug-in in cannot be initialized, again assuming the index catalog is corrupt. Then the error message: The plug-in in cannot be initialized. Then the error message: The gatherer object cannot be initialized. Then the error message: The index cannot be initialized. Then the final error message: The Windows Search Service is being stopped because there is a problem with the indexer: The catalog is corrupt. The search service resets to the default location on the C: drive, a restarts fine. I CAN move the index to my D: drive, but that is a partition on my SSD, which does not help because I am trying to get the index OFF the SSD. HELP! How can I get this fixed and save my SSD from being chewed up by the Windows Search service??

  • Ahrle

    Damn I do love guides like these. It feels like I’m doing my SSD a real favour


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