Indexing running continually

  1. Posts : 65
    Windows 10

    Indexing running continually [Solved]

    OS: Windows 10 Pro
    Computer: NUC

    Recently, my external drive is indicating a continual reading of the drive (read indicator flashing). Under Properties, the Allow Indexing is NOT checked.

    Using Task Manager, there are two Micorsoft indexing processes running and when I stop them (though they start up again), the flashing on the external drive stops.

    Also, if I try to do a reboot, I get a message that a process is running though I do not recognize the icon and I cannot eject the drive because it is in use.

    Is there a way to stop this process?

    Last edited by rtcary; 26 Feb 2018 at 13:34.
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  2. Posts : 1,471
    Win10 Home x64 - 1809

    Hey rtcary,
    Check your Indexing Options.
    Add or Remove Search Index Locations in Windows 10 Windows 10 Tutorials
    You can turn off Search Indexing, but I'd do that as last resort.
    Enable or Disable Search Indexing in Windows Windows 10 Tutorials
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  3. Posts : 65
    Windows 10
    Thread Starter

    Many thanks...that helped me fix it.

    Even though the external drive was not selected, a directory of all my images was selected. Unchecked it, and the indexing stopped. It was under All Photos.

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  4. Posts : 43,506
    Win 10 Pro (22H2) (2nd PC is 22H2)

    Hi, disabling search indexing isn't the answer- just a temporary workaround. When working normally, any slight activity will stop search indexing.

    That you've had to do this suggests something more.

    Try running
    chkdsk xyz: /scan
    from an admin command prompt
    where xyz is the path to the folder containing your images.

    and see if it reports any problems.

    two Micorsoft indexing processes running
    - which were they?
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