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Two equally sized Windows.edb files being created

  1. #1

    Posts : 33
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    Two equally sized Windows.edb files being created


    I'm having some strange issues with my windows 8.1x64 system lately. I've always had the occasional Window.edb file expand to some crazy size and eventually give me a message about not having enough space on my ssd.

    Now only after I tried using WinDirStat, did I see that windows is creating the Windows.edb file in:

    but also an equally sized, and growing Windows.edb file in:
    C:\Users\All Users\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows

    I have rebuilt the index, restarted and the process starts all over again. I've run sfc /scannow without getting any issues.

    I have not changed the permissions on either of these folders or created some sort of a junction/symbolic link (at least without knowing I did so)

    Screenshots will be attached, as to hopefully help with what is going on.

    --- on a similar note, I've asked before, but didn't get a response that was helpful - is there a way to reset the default settings of the File Types (in the 2nd tab of Advanced section of the Index Options? I am positive I made changes to these file properties in the past, and would love to reset them to their default state since I wonder if what I changed is causing this issue. Simply rebuilding the Index, rebuilds the Index based on the current settings - which makes sense. I want to reset the File Types, then rebuild my index to see what happens.

    Any help would be much appreciated, I'm going crazy as every couple of days the SSD (456 gb) gets overloaded, I ran out of room on C, and the process begins again.

    Thank you
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  2. #2

    Posts : 33
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64

    The indexer completed this time without an error, so it has actually stopped indexing, but I still have two equally sized Windows.edb files in two locations.

    Hopefully somebody will know something about this behavior and will post some suggestions. In the meantime, I have deleted the two Windows.edb files manually and clicked on Rebuild in the Advanced Options window of Indexing Options. I'm curious to see if it creates more than one Windows.edb file again, starting from scratch.

    Thanks for any suggestions or ideas, much appreciated!
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  3. #3

    Posts : 33
    Windows 8.1 Pro x64


    Moved Index Location, temporarily to test what happens, to a new folder

    Immediately upon rebuilding the index, and restarting the computer, and not surprisingly - both Windows.edb files were deleted.

    Now I'll just wait and see what if two Windows.edb files are created again, or if it actually stays as one file in C:\SearchIndex.
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Two equally sized Windows.edb files being created

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