I should mention that although it's always been OL 2007 on this machine, some of my older files were created back on 1998 - just on a different machine.
Today I re-enabled a 500 MB PageFile for the C: drive (SSD) and a system managed one (probably around 6 GB) on the R: drive. I have, I believe, given the system (and the disc) a lot of work to do today so it'd difficult to know what's not normal. I suppose the work is why SOME kind of indexing is running (according to the Resource Monitor) even though I have turned-off the Windows Search service, Indexing, and (will later) Outlook's Search Email Indexer.
OK, today I also read the instructions more carefully and made a UNICODE folder, called it Consolidated Archives, and moved my old Archives (#002,003,004,005) into it. I deleted a great deal during that process. Took all day.
I made sure that MSE has excluded the active Outlook.pst folder as well as all the Archives I've created and collected.
The total file size for the Outlook.pst went UP from over 8.1 GB to around 13 GB. ??? I am now "compacting" it. Shall I turn that Consolidated Archive 8.2 GB folder off, "close" or otherwise disable it under my All Mail Items area? Is there something else I should do to decrease to total size of the .pst?
If I set AutoArchive to save items into the new Consolidated Archives folder, will that Archiving process still run even if I have the folder turned off?
Note to self: If I want to view the Consolidated Archives sometime in the future, and if it has been "closed" (right-click on folder name) I will have to import the .pst, and be willing to wait for it to load - perhaps 20+ minutes.
With Outlook's Indexing still on, these two and sometime three files are munching and crunching away - (no improvement yet):
(1) OUTLOOK.EXE - D:\Program Files\Outlook\Active Outlook Folders\Outlook.pst
(2) OUTLOOK.EXE - D:\$LogFile (NTFS Volume Log)
(3) System - D:\Program Files\Outlook\Active Outlook Folders\Outlook.pst
I just turned off OL's Search Email Indexer.
NEWS!!! Now an amazing thing happened. 13-14 minutes with OL running and NO thrashing! I re-enabled Search Email Indexer, killed OL, waited for all OL processes to end, started OL, waited a little over 5 minutes and guess who came to dinner??? The Thrasher and the two, now three files (1,2 & 3) above!
I believed we had a ~major~ clue. (<--premature excitement)
I again disabled the OL Indexer add-on, restarted OL and the wonderful sounds of silence again embraced my soul.
So, I wondered, is the Indexer broken? Should I let it try to index forever to get 'done'? I thought the Indexer in OL was one of the things that made 2007 so awesome?!? Is there something else I should do with the "archives"?
I was going to say "am all ears and filled with thanks", but, um, with OL open (and Indexer off), I opened Word to spell-check thhis note and the munching came back. Maybe it's an Office thing. Sheesh. I SO just want to do the right thing and for it to work.
I'll keep at it....hoping I'm not making a total mess of things.
PS - I found this online:
Now on to some things we can do to reduce some on the unnecessary writes to the SSD. Windows 7 has the most event logs that I have seen of any OS. If you are having issues, then I would not change the logging options. If not, then we can stop a lot of writes that frankly, only an engineer would need (we leave the basic event logs alone).
Go to start/admin tools and select performance monitor. Expand data collector sets. Click on Startup Event Trace Sessions.
With the exception of the following NECESSARY logs (Application, Security, System, Security Essentials) we can stop them from starting. To do so, right click on each one that has a status of Enabled (except the ones mentioned above) and select Properties. Click the Trace Session tab. Unselect Enabled. Click Ok. Repeat for the others (including readyboot).
After your next boot, you will have a lot less writes going to the SSD that are not needed.
Being the curious and currently troubleshooting type, with no intentions of changing anything, I followed this trail to Startup Event Trace Sessions and see that NONE of the four necessary files are visible where they said it would be. Are they gone? Need I unhide them somehow? Is this significant?