Turn off file indexing, reclaim disk space?

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I have file indexing turned on. I read that file indexing requires an
extra 25% of disk space (a 100k file would have a 25k index) and since
file indexing search is still slow, I would like to reclaim the disk
space lost to file indexing. I know how to turn off file indexing, but
how do I reclaim disk space once I turn it off? Is it automatic, or do
I have to throw away a file?
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    Hi,

    Defrag from system tools in the program menu. If there is free space
    available, doing this will reclaim it.

    --
    Best of Luck,

    Rick Rogers aka "Nutcase" MS-MVP - Windows
    Windows isn't rocket science! That's my other hobby!
    http://mvp.support.microsoft.com/
    Associate Expert - WinXP - Expert Zone
    www.microsoft.com/windowsxp/expertzone
    Win98 Help - www.rickrogers.org

    "GoogleGrouper" <googlegrouper@spamex.com> wrote in message
    news:7559d99c.0405201915.5060356b@posting.google.com...
    >I have file indexing turned on. I read that file indexing requires an
    > extra 25% of disk space (a 100k file would have a 25k index) and since
    > file indexing search is still slow, I would like to reclaim the disk
    > space lost to file indexing. I know how to turn off file indexing, but
    > how do I reclaim disk space once I turn it off? Is it automatic, or do
    > I have to throw away a file?
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    | "GoogleGrouper" <googlegrouper@spamex.com.INVALID> wrote
    | in news:7559d99c.0405201915.5060356b@posting.google.com...
    | I have file indexing turned on. I read that file indexing
    | requires an extra 25% of disk space (a 100k file would have a
    | 25k index) and since file indexing search is still slow, I
    | would like to reclaim the disk space lost to file indexing. I
    | know how to turn off file indexing, but how do I reclaim disk
    | space once I turn it off? Is it automatic, or do I have to
    | throw away a file?

    To find out if you have any Indexing Service Catalog files on
    your hard drive do the following:

    - Follow the steps in the appropriate section of the following
    Microsoft Knowledge Base Article so that you can access and open
    the folder that contains the files (System Volume Information).

    KB309531 - How to Gain Access to the System Volume
    Information Folder
    http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?Product=winxp&scid=kb;en-us;309531

    - Double-click the Catalog.wci folder to open it. If the folder
    contains any files you have Indexing Service files on your hard
    drive. The proper procedure to delete the files is to empty the
    catalog. To do that follow these steps:

    - Click Start, click Run, type the following command and click
    OK: services.msc

    - In the right-hand pane double-click "Indexing Service", then
    click the Stop button. Select Manual in the Startup type box,
    click Apply, click OK and close the Services MMC

    - Click Start, click Run, type the following command and click
    OK: ciadv.msc

    - Right-click the Catalog (by default its name is System, but
    yours may have another name, and you may have other catalogs).
    Select All Task, then select Empty Catalog. Click the Yes button
    in the Delete Catalog Files? dialog box. Close the Indexing
    Service MMC

    - Note: After viewing the Catalog.wci folder I recommend that you
    reverse any changes that you made to gain access to it.
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