Exchange 2010 can the catalogue files be deleted

Hi all we have an exchange 2010 server that has a large sized catalogue folder.

There are some older files dating back to August 2016 that are almost 30gb

Can these be deleted safely

Thanks
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Gaurav SinghConnect With a Mentor ConsultantCommented:
u have to stop the services if you want to cut.
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Gaurav SinghConsultantCommented:
yes first take the full backup or copy whole files to other drive for a safer side, and then stop MS exchange search services then delete the catalouge folder and start the service. new catalouge folder will be created when you will start the service
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cwstad2Author Commented:
Hi thanks, if the edb it 1Tb will this have to rebuild the entire catalogue. Also what would happen if i moved the 28 Gb ci file
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Gaurav SinghConsultantCommented:
yes it will take time to rebuild the catalouge
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cwstad2Author Commented:
Also what would happen if i moved the 28 Gb ci file
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Gaurav SinghConsultantCommented:
it will b same moving or deleting rebuild will happen in both cases
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cwstad2Author Commented:
Can i just cut the file or will i have to stop the service first. what does the catalogue actually do?
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cwstad2Author Commented:
In addition why would there be CI files going back to June 2016?
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cwstad2Author Commented:
thanks
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