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Solved Windows Indexing on External drive got problem (re-phrased previous question)

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#1
I have re-phrased my question from previous post

OS: Windows Vista Home Premium 32 bit Japanese version.

Hi,

As usual I connected my external drive and there are many Folders and File for quick work, in the search filed I typed the file extension of PSD (for Adobe image file) and it started opening PSD files in thousands(I had completely forgotten there are many). Any way by click right then from Property I found the Folder path and then opened the Folder I was looking for.

BUT:(.... during that process Windows asked me do I want to add in Index(hope my English is correct) I clicked Ok. After that I closed the folder exit window and tried to safely remove the external drive by clicking the Icon in the Task tray but it showed some program is using I must close that. However non of the window was opened even I checked through Windows Processor. I thought may be drive would be indexing and left it for some time but afterward when again I tried to remove safely the drive it showed it is being used. The drive's red light kept blinking while green stays. I did not want to remove by force but I was also afraid that if I keep drive open I might loose my data therefore, I turned off computer and disconnected the drive. But later when I connected again the red light started blinking.:shock:

My question is, The drive red light is blinking because there are so many files and it might be indexing? I can't think of drive got any problem because it was working fine, no sign of any strange noises etc.

Please suggest what am I suppose to do? Or is there any way I can check the drive Health? other than windows CHK because sometime windows turn the entire data in to CHK files.


Thank you.

Additional: Would it be better to delete the Index file for external drive to avoid problem?
 

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Hello Ari,

Since it's an external drive, I would recommend to use Option Two in the tutorial below to turn off the index for it. Afterwards, see if you are able to safely remove it.

http://www.vistax64.com/tutorials/69564-index-enable-disable.html

Hope this helps, :)
Shawn
Hello Shawn, thank you very much for the fine reply.
The option number two is what I needed but when I clicked on Start /My Computer (dark right side)/Properties I could not locate check box Index this drive for faster searching. Therefore, enable/disable is not possible. Screen shot attached for reference.
G drive properties.jpg

Any suggestions will be appreciated.
I also un hide file/folder but no avail.

Thank you.
 

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In that case, check your index locations to see if any folder on that drive has been added to the index. If so, remove them so they will no longer be included in the index.

Index Locations - Add or Remove - Windows 7 Help Forums
Hi,

Thank you very much for the reply. After reading your reply I removed the index folder.
Start/Control Panel/System and Maintenance/Indexing Options
Clicked Modify, to remove the location of External drive un checked box in the Change selected locations list, clicked OK and it is done.

Thank you once again for the help.
 

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You're most welcome. :)
 

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    Memory
    16 GB (8GBx2) G.SKILL TridentZ DDR4 3200 MHz
    Graphics Card(s)
    ASUS ROG-STRIX-GTX1080TI-O11G-GAMING
    Sound Card
    Integrated
    Monitor(s) Displays
    3 x 27" Asus VE278Q
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    250GB Samsung 960 EVO M.2,
    256GB OCZ Vector,
    6TB WD Black WD6001FZWX
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    Corsair Air 740
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    Corsair Hydro H115i
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    300 Mb/s Download and 30 Mb/s Upload
    Other Info
    Logitech Z625 speaker system,
    Creative F200 webcam,
    HP Color LaserJet Pro MFP M477fdn,
    Linksys EA9500 router,
    Arris SB6190 cable modem,
    APC SMART-UPS RT 1000 XL,
    Lumia 1520 phone
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