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Feb. 19th, 2018 | 03:32 pm

If you find that your boot drive's free space is inexplicably diminishing, then (in addition to the usual, like clearing out Windows's separate TEMP directory), you may want to check whether you've got Window's search indexer enabled.

You can find out in the Control Panel; search for "index" or so, and you should find it quickly. Change what it indexes (e.g. just your "favorites" and the start menu), and rebuild the index, under "Advanced".

On my system, disabling it for most of the system took the index's size down from ~23.3 GiB to less than 80 MiB, which is a significant amount of space even today, especially if you're running off an SSD.

As usual, I recommend using WinDirStat to find out what is ACTUALLY wasting space on your drive(s). Be sure to run it as an Administrator, or it won't have access to various directories (including, incidentally, the one containing Windows's search index).

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from: lupine52
date: Feb. 25th, 2018 12:06 am (UTC)

search indexer has always been a pet peeve of mine ever, it seems to constantly run in the background. I rarely use the search box since it utilizes Bing and frankly find the whole concept to be bloatware.

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from: schnee
date: Feb. 25th, 2018 08:28 am (UTC)

I've never used it for web searching -- fairly sure I disabled that right away --, but I found it useful for finding files. And it turns out that if you disable it, Windows is unable to even so much as find files by name, in the same directory you're in no less.

So that's annoying -- but I really can't sacrifice dozens of GB of drive space just for that, can I.

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