What is Windows.edb? Can I Delete It Or Change Its Location?
The Windows.edb is a database file of the indexing service. If you have enabled Windows Indexing, this file can become quite large. Is it safe to delete this file? More after the break.
Tip: The Windows Search Indexing can cause a lot of high disk activity. You can disable the service and use programs like Search Everything instead.
As mentioned in the intro, if you use the Windows Search feature a lot, you might not want to delete the Windows.edb file or your searches might become slower. On a sidenote, you can also use tools like Search Everything that might be faster than the built-in Window Search or replace the Windows 7 search with FileSeek. This is up to you and you need to decide this for yourself.
Is it safe to delete the Windows.edb file?
Yes, it is perfectly safe to delete it. You first need to disable the Windows Indexing service and then you can delete the .edb file.
1. First of all, learn how to disable Windows Indexing
2. Next, make sure you can see hidden folders
3. Open the Windows Explorer and go to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows which is the default location of the Windows.edb file (it is a hidden folder)
4. Delete the Windows.edb file
How to change Windows.edb Index location
If the Windows.edb is becoming too large or you want to significantly speed up your Windows searches by moving the file onto a SSD you can move the Windows.edb file and change its default location.
5. Click on OK and wait until Windows restarted the Windows Indexing service (will take 5 seconds)
6. Do NOT change the location to C:\ because this will not work, it needs to be a subdirectory
Rebuild Windows.edb Index
4. Click on Rebuild and it will rebuild the index (after your confirmation):