where is index-file written to?


  1. Posts : 568
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       #1

    where is index-file written to?


    During indexing of a USB HDD, where is the index-file written to? Main PC or is it on the HDD, so that the index-file can be used on other PC.s?
    Thanks in advance for the answer.
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  2. Posts : 35,603
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       #2

    Hi, assuming you're referring to Windows search indexing, then you can see the index location here:

    where is index-file written to?-1.png

    The only time I know of where a search index created on one PC is read by another seems to be when a mapped networked drive, indexed on another PC, is searched by another on that network. (This does not apply to NAS).

    Bear in mind your USB drive maybe allocated a different letter when connected at another time.
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  3. Posts : 568
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    Thread Starter
       #3

    Thanks for the info. I see that I disabled indexing, which does not give problems with navigating through folders and files.
    One USB HDD give now problems with Windows explorer (extremely slow), but I do think that the problem is not related to indexing.
    I will look further to it and possibly start a new thread.
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  4. Posts : 35,603
    Win 10 Pro (21H2) (2nd PC is 21H2)
       #4

    Try installing and running Hard Disk Sentinel (trial) and see what that says about your disks.

    If ok, then run chkdsk on them.

    Indexing should have nothing to do with the speed of access. You can see whether your USB drive is being indexed- by default it wouldn't be.
    where is index-file written to?-1.png
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  5. Posts : 568
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    Thread Starter
       #5

    I now believe that the problem is related to drivers or firmware. I will post a new thread in Drivers and Hardware.
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