SystemIndex file incrementing in size: low storage for C Drive on Windows Server 2003 PC

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We have a Windows Server 2003 PC that has been fine until yesterday.

I noticed that the C Drive storage space on this server had gotten quite low.

I searched and found a large increase in size of folder "Projects" in "C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows".

It seems to have increased from about 1GB to 11GB.

I noticed yesterday after doing a search for large files on server, a file called "SystemIndex.Ntfy" incrementing in size every few seconds, located under above directory under "Projects/SystemIndex".

What could be the reason for the increase in size for these files?

How do we solve this issue?

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AlexA lack of information provides a lack of a decent solution.

right click the drive, disk cleanup and then



Hi Alex,

I did the disk cleanup as you mentioned.

It displayed "Catalog files for Content Indexer" as 0 KB and after cleanup there was no change to size of "Projects" folder.

I did find that there were a few files to remove from Recycle bin so that freed up a bit of space.

The "Projects" folder is still the same with "SystemIndex.Ntfy" file at 500mb and there is a file called "windows.edb" at 6.5 GB.

 Is there a way to free up space in this "Projects" folder without causing problems?

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You said it was SystemIndex.Ntfy, that will increase depending on the number of files you have indexed

net stop "Windows Search"
del %PROGRAMDATA%\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\Windows.edb
net start "Windows Search"

If you run that, it'll remove the EDB file and recreate it when the windows search is restarted. It'll recreate and populate the file over time.
Top Expert 2014

Disable Windows Search and then delete both files. Easiest way is probably to disable the service.
noxchoIT Product Manager
Top Expert 2009

Just disable the Windows search as noted above. It increases access to files only. If you dont use search on this server you would barely need it.

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