stop indexing with SSD


  1. Posts : 326
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       #1

    stop indexing with SSD


    Just installed a SSD and advised to stop indexing services.

    What is the difference between stopping indexing services via services.msc and disallowing the drive with the SSD from being indexed?
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  2. Eagle51's Avatar
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    Win10 Home x64 - 1809
       #2

    AFAIK ... Disabling the index service, will stop all indexing on all drives and if you have a 2nd drive (HDD) you might want some folders on it indexed and wouldn't want to disable the service.
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  3. CountMike's Avatar
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    sportflyer said:
    Just installed a SSD and advised to stop indexing services.

    What is the difference between stopping indexing services via services.msc and disallowing the drive with the SSD from being indexed?
    Indexing is useful even on SSDs although not as much as with HDDs. That advice used to be somewhat walid with first SSDs as they didn't last as long as new ones but not any more. Amount of space saved is also negligible.
    Stopping method is no different than with HDDs.
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  4. Posts : 326
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    Thread Starter
       #4

    New question re SSD optimization.

    Other than making sure TRIM function is operating , the 7 or 11 things to do with SSD may not be so applicable with modern day SSD's ?

    Tks
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  5. lx07's Avatar
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    I honestly do believe you needn't do anything. Just check in Defragment and Optimize Drives and check that it is seen as "Solid State Drive" under "Media Type". If it is then you are good to go.

    I have stopped the indexing service on one of my old laptops, not for SSD reasons but because it is from 2006 and overheats at the drop of a hat - search was using too much CPU so I stopped it. @Eagle51 is right - it stops indexing everywhere but, for me in that case I don't care as I don't ever search for anything on it.

    Generally having it running isn't much of an overhead and if you do ever search it is far more efficient to use an index than not - both in terms of time (faster) and I/O (it doesn't have to scan the file names and/or contents every single time).
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  6. IndustryStandrd's Avatar
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    At this point in time you don't need to mess with anything for a SSD. Windows recognizes you have one and makes any adjustments it needs on its own.

    Any article cropping up that you need to disable or enable a dozen things is likely padding out nonsense.
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  7. Eagle51's Avatar
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    FWIW ...
    Since I have a 2nd HDD (D:) ... I moved my user folders (docs,pics,etc) to D:\User and I have a D:\Apps (portable apps) and I wanted these two folders indexed. I used Control Panel > Indexing Options to modify my indexing. I removed the normal Users (user,default,public,etc) and Internet Explorer (11), left the Start Menu ... then added just my two folders (D:\User,D:\Apps).

    Note: All of that is probably not necessary, but figured it couldn't/wouldn't hurt anything and if it helps the life of my SSD .. it's just icing on the cake :)
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  8. dalchina's Avatar
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    If you need to reset indexing options to default it's option 3 in the relevant tutorial.

    Once your index has been created, there would only be additional indexing actions if indexed data changes. If nothing changes on your SSD that is indexed, no impact.

    Conversely, if you search a non-indexed folder on your SSD, the disk related activity generated is related to the slow green progress bar you may see.
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