Can I move My Outlook 2010 .pst file w/o rebildng srch indx?

April 27, 2012 at 08:12:11
Specs: Windows 7 / 64-bit, i7-2600K @ 3.4GHz / 16GB RAM
Can I Move my Outlook 2010 .pst file without rebuilding the search index? Whenever the .pst file is moved, it seems that the search indexer wants to rebuild the index eventhough nothing has changed inside the .pst file. Is there a way to INHIBIT Outlook from REBUILDING the INDEX when moving the .pst???

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#1
April 27, 2012 at 12:09:16
Don't know if you can stop Win7 indexing selectively. I can see why it would want to do this, as it would need to update the index to its new location and for the location of the backup contents.

Unless you often move the pst file about maybe it would be best to just let indexing finish.

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#2
April 27, 2012 at 13:02:02
Actually, we do not move the .pst file very often. It has just come to our attention that having a pst file reside off of the local machine may be causing problems on our server.
In any case, indexing such a large file can take days and I would like to avoid that when I move the pst file.
Any ideas of how to inhibit Outlook from creating a new index and make use of the existing index after the pst is moved would be helpful. After all, the pst will not have changed one bit - it will simply be located in a different directory on the local machine instead of the server.
Thanks !

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#3
April 27, 2012 at 13:07:44
OK, I understand now - kinda assumed it was just a home computer.

Found this which might help if you scroll down:
http://www.mydigitallife.info/disab...

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#4
April 27, 2012 at 16:33:22
Unfortunately that article does not quite reveal the answer to the question. Essentially, if I move the pst file from the server to my local machine as the Outlook help files recommend, will the index be rendered void and rebuild itself? or is there a way to keep it from trashing the existing index and continue to use it? Since it will take days to rebuild I'm trying to find a workaround before doing the move.

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#5
April 28, 2012 at 04:31:42
I don't think there is anything in Outlook that will do this, as indexing is a function of Windows. You can prevent indexing altogether in your pst file but I know no way of changing the stored indexing information to suit a change in location of a file. If there is a way it would be buried in the system area.

Keep watching, maybe someone else will be able to advise


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#6
April 30, 2012 at 08:45:26
Ok Thanks Derek. Further to the point... I considered just copying the pst file to my local machine and just waiting for the new index to be created while still having my original (with the pst on the server). That way I would not be without the search function and simply transition over to the new local copy when index building was complete. HOWEVER, I decided not to do that incase it would get confused, having to indentical file names referenced. Knwoing how delicate Outlook can be, I just moved the pst file to my local machine. After 2 days into it, it is still rebuilding the index. Fortunately nothing has gotten in the way so far and it is about half way complete.
Now the trick is to figure out how to get the search indexer to run faster. Clearly with no activity on the machine it should go faster. In my attempts to get that done, I increased the priority in the task manager on the process. Increasing the Priority to "High" in the Task manager on the process SearchProtocalHost.exe is allowed however it seems to revert to Normal or Low at some point in time. And also, the CPU time does not seem to change.
So the question becomes - How does one increase the speed of the indexer when rebuilding the windows search index?

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#7
April 30, 2012 at 09:24:39
This might be of interest:
http://blog.tiensivu.com/aaron/arch...

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