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#1 Layback Bear

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 01:42 PM

Under properties/advance I keep seeing file is ready for archiving and indexing. I went to x/p help and support and it shows me how but not what it does and why I should or not.

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Posted 15 June 2008 - 04:03 PM

Indexing: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Windows_indexing_service
Compression: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Data_compression
Archiving: http://www.pcmag.com/encyclopedia_term/0,2...;i=37960,00.asp

I just let them be and don't do anything about it. I disable Indexing to help speed up my computer (I usually know where to locate the files that I want).

Indexing will speed up searches for the file - but will slow down your system because the Indexing service is always running.
Compression will take up less disk space - but will increase the time required to open the file if you want to use it.
Archiving will backup files to ensure that older versions are preserved - not a real concern unless you're using some older apps that need special treatment to keep running.
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Posted 17 June 2008 - 01:43 AM

Thanks for getting back. I will also leave it alone. How do I disable indexing or check and see if indexing is on or off.

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Posted 17 June 2008 - 06:08 AM

From this link: http://lifehacker.com/software/optimizatio...s-xp-031440.php

To turn off indexing:

1. Open up "My Computer."
2. Right-click on your hard drive (usually "C:") and choose "Properties."
3. Uncheck the box at the bottom that reads "Allow Indexing Service to..."
4. Click OK, and files will be removed from memory. This removal may take a few minutes to complete.

To disable the indexing service:

1. In the "Start" menu, choose "Run."
2. Type "services.msc" and press Enter.
3. Scroll-down to "Indexing Service" and double-click it.
4. If the service status is "Running", then stop it by pressing the "Stop" button.
5. To make sure this service doesn't run again, under "Startup Type:", choose "Disabled."


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Posted 18 June 2008 - 09:33 PM

Thanks again USAMSA . I have went to the web sites you displayed. I seems to me that indexing is a left over part of old systems with small H/D to save room or for people that have very large files. I have turned it off and printed your instructions so I can alway go back and undo every thing. I defraged after and got a 71% improvement. I defrag about every other day. Improvement like this is very nice.QUESTION. How does one person know all this.You always come through!!
Thanks again.




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