We have a Windows 2003 R2 server, and its c: drive keeps filling up. When I look for what's taking the space, I see an almost-2GB EDB file:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\Windows.edb
with an even bigger cousin:
C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\Microsoft\Search\Data\Applications\Windows\Projects\SystemIndex\SystemIndex.Crwl3.gthr
I've been told that this is the database of the indexing service. I went to Services, found "Indexing service", and disabled it. I also deleted the offending large files. I also made sure that the checkbox for "Indexing Service" was unchecked in the Windows Components Wizard (Add/Remove Windows Components).
But now, some time later (a couple of weeks?), I come back and find the files are back again. The Indexing service is still Disabled in the Services snap-in. The checkbox for "Indexing Service" is still unchecked in the Windows Components Wizard.
However there is a process
searchindexer.exe showing in the Task Manager, with oodles of read and write I/O.
How can I get rid of the indexing service, permanently? (But safely...) There is nothing on the server that uses it, that I'm aware of.