Windows Search Index file backup

Can the Windows Vista 'Windows Search' index file be backed up, so that it can be recovered should the index file become corrupted eliminating the need to perform a full re-index?
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This Experts-Exchange Previously Answered Question will tell you the location of the Vista search indexing data (see the Assisted Answer by nikhil_deshpa&), which you should be able to copy to another location.  Whether or not you can then restore this data and have a working search afterwards is problematic, however:
Windows Vista Search

Note that from the answer above, the default location is:  C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\USearch\Data\Applications\Windows
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