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Sharepoint 3.0 Search Index Fails to Rebuild

KellyOConnor asked
Last Modified: 2012-05-09
My sharepoint site was showing documents in the search results that had been moved to another library so the link, when clicked, gave the "page cannot be found" etc. I read that the Index needed rebuilt so, from WSS 3.0 Administration I stopped the search service. I opened SQL Server Management Studio Express, connected to the sharepoint site and deleted the Search database. I also made sure that the actual log and index files were actually deleted from the HD.  Then, from WSS 3.0 Administration I attempt to start the service, keeping all the defaults. It begins creating new indexes but fails with this error: A SharePoint database named WSS_Search_SERVERNAME already exists.  You must supply another name for the new database. The thing is, before I run the start command, the search database does not exist and from within windows explorer, I can actually watch the database and log file being created. Also, from within the Management Studio the new Index shows up. In Central administration, the service is still not running. How can I get shareopoint search indexes going again?  
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