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I'm trying to free up space on Server 2008 R2 and I can't find where the indexing service stores its files now.  I'm not referring to the "Search Server' role, which seems to be the only thing I can find information for.  I'm referring to the standard drive indexing that it does by default.

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by:Svet Paperov
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Open Indexing Options (by typing it in the search bar), click Advanced, and you will see the Index location – you can also change it by there.
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Thanks for the response-

I opened that dialogue before, but didn't see the option on any of the tabs.  Screenshots:
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Are you using Windows Search Service or Windows Server 2003 File Services’ Indexing? Indexing Options are available only with Windows Search Service role service installed. By default, in Windows Server 2008 R2 it is NOT installed.
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by:Bob Schneider
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That role is not installed, but the built-in windows search feature indexes the drive by default, does it not?
If I remember correctly, in past versions of Windows Server, it would store a ton of tiny little indexing files that slowly eat the space on your drive until you delete them and turn the service off.  

Am I wrong?
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Svet Paperov earned 2000 total points
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No, Windows Server 2008 does not indexing the files by default. You are right, that was the case with the earlier versions but not anymore.

You need to find another way to free space. For example, if you have a lot of memory you don’t necessary need to follow the old rule for the pagefile of 1.5 times RAM. It’s almost useless unless you are debugging faulty software with Microsoft support team.  
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by:Bob Schneider
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Good information-

Unfortunately, I can't change the paging right now because I can't reboot the server outside of a maintenance window.  It's paging 64 GB to the system volume right now, and another ~95 to a specific paging volume.  There's more space on the alternative paging volume, though, and it should be able to survive until our next maintenance window.  

Thanks!
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