Hi, I am trying to defrag my hard drive using Window's XP system tool. It reported at the end that not all the files could be defragmented eg. 2 16 Gb files: C:\Documents and Settings\Dave\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\DesktopSearch\Applications\RSApp\Projects\MyIndex\MyIndex.Hash.gthr.Dir and C:\Documents and Settings\Dave\Local Settings\Application Data\Microsoft\DesktopSearch\Applications\RSApp\Projects\MyIndex\Save\MyIndex.Hash.gthr.Dir I have noticed 3 Desktop Search folders (in the Microsoft folder) called: Desktop Search - created Feb 2008 Desktop Search(2) - created Jul 2007 Desktop Search(3) - created Jul 2007. Can I safely delete these large files to reagain 32 GB of space?
Hi Lotvic, I senm to recall trying to remove Windows desktop search back in 2007. I can not find in Add/Remove programs those MSM search Toolbar shows up. However when I click on START a Windows Desktop Search(2)icon is displayed so I appear to have version 5.1. There is no icon in the system tray. The problem large files do not show up on my son's XP machine either.
Just to inform all that I took a chance and deleted MyIndex.Hash.gthr.Dir from the Save folder. This gave me an extra 16 Gb of space to complete the defrag. Later I managed to restart the Index Now function for WDS. It then rebuilt a 'MyIndex.Hash.gthr.Dir' file of just 64 Kb. I hope that others with a similarly bloated WDS folder will benefit from this. Thanks lotvic for the help.
Good that you fixed the problem :) Just as FYI, the default windows defragger struggles to defrag large files and system files (most of which it cannot defrag AFAIK) especially if the hard drive is low on space. I think it'll choke on 16 GB files regardless of space..it's not really the most effective defragger around.
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