Windows 10: Search indexing is taking a remarkably long time. Solved

  1. Posts : 172
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
       28 Jan 2017 #1

    Search indexing is taking a remarkably long time.

    Yesterday, I restored my system from a system image that I had made the night before with Macrium Reflect Free. It worked fine, except that when I logged into Windows and typed a search term in the Start Menu, I saw a message saying that search indexing was turned off (a pretty common and easy-to-fix issue, to the best of my knowledge). I opened Indexing Options, and chose to delete and rebuild the search index (which I believe is the proper action to take in a case such as mine), but it is taking a very long time. It's been over 30 hours, and it still hasn't finished indexing. Not only that, but the process seems to be getting slower the more time passes. Here's a screenshot I took a few minutes ago:

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    Last edited by hbenthow; 28 Jan 2017 at 21:36.
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  2. Posts : 172
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       29 Jan 2017 #2

    I wound up solving the problem on my own. First, I set it to only index "Offline Files", "Start Menu", and "Users" (as I have no need to it to index all of my music, documents, etc). That didn't help in and of itself (although it did give Windows a lot of less files to have to index). It was still extremely slow. Then, I turned my computer off and back on, and it suddenly started working very fast. It indexed over 7,800 files in mere minutes, and was finished.
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  3.    29 Jan 2017 #3

    Very slow indexing, assuming your system is not busy - when indexing pauses - could indicate file system corruption or a disk problem.

    Could be worth running chkdsk and Crystal Diskinfo (free, checks SMART parameters).
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  4. Posts : 172
    Microsoft Windows 10 Pro 64-bit
    Thread Starter
       29 Jan 2017 #4

    I believe it was an issue related to an external hard drive I had plugged in at the time. I haven't had the problem since the events described in my second post. Indexing is fast now.

    Thank you, though.
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