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Win 7 indexing usb drives
#1
Isn't there a registry hack to stop win 7 from indexing external usb drives?

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#2
When you're running a small business, your hardware must be running as efficiently as possible. Turning off indexing for USB drives makes sense if you want to slow down a computer's search capabilities in return for faster performance overall. If you rarely need to search for files on your connected USB drives, it's a worthwhile trade-off. The indexing feature is controlled by a dedicated settings dialog box within Windows, enabling you to specify particular drives and folders to be included in or excluded from the master file index.

1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen or move the mouse to the top right corner and choose "Search." Enter "indexing options" into the input box, choose "Settings" to filter your search and tap or click the "Indexing Options" application to launch it.
2. Tap or click "Modify" and locate the USB drive you wish to remove from the Windows index. Untick the box by the side of the relevant drive letter. If you don't see your USB drive listed, select "Show all locations" and ensure the drive is firmly connected to the computer.
3. Select "OK" to confirm your choices and then "Close" to exit the Indexing Options dialog. Windows will remember your configuration for the relevant USB drive and will not index it unless you specifically enable the option again in the future.
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Here's a registry mod file:

SysVolWrite.zip
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(02-04-2017, 06:57 PM)eplantz Wrote: When you're running a small business, your hardware must be running as efficiently as possible. Turning off indexing for USB drives makes sense if you want to slow down a computer's search capabilities in return for faster performance overall. If you rarely need to search for files on your connected USB drives, it's a worthwhile trade-off. The indexing feature is controlled by a dedicated settings dialog box within Windows, enabling you to specify particular drives and folders to be included in or excluded from the master file index.

1. Swipe in from the right edge of the screen or move the mouse to the top right corner and choose "Search." Enter "indexing options" into the input box, choose "Settings" to filter your search and tap or click the "Indexing Options" application to launch it.
2. Tap or click "Modify" and locate the USB drive you wish to remove from the Windows index. Untick the box by the side of the relevant drive letter. If you don't see your USB drive listed, select "Show all locations" and ensure the drive is firmly connected to the computer.
3. Select "OK" to confirm your choices and then "Close" to exit the Indexing Options dialog. Windows will remember your configuration for the relevant USB drive and will not index it unless you specifically enable the option again in the future.

Hi eplantz. I can't help but feel you've left out some steps in the process described above. Are you describing the procedure for Windows 7? Because I don't see anything that looks like what you described.
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It appears eplantz is describing Windows 8 or higher with a touch screen.
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#6
Actually on can do the search from the search bar in the start menu. I found "Indexing Options". I also found that I have the indexing service turned off.

To drill down on the point. I have a 2TB, USB 3.0 external drive I use for backup. It's formatted NTFS. It has that System Volume Information hidden system file on it. It's taking up too much room; and the SYSTEM does not want to let go of that file when I tell it to eject the drive. The former 1TB drive I was using didn't behave that way.

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