Yes, the Indexer has to have had your computer running for a certain amount
of time to complete its initial Index. To know the status of the Index you
can go to Control Panel (Classic View) > Indexing Options, and look at the
top of the window.
Your recovery drive D, I assume, is the OEM drive to restore your Computer
to its original, factory default state, should disaster strike, or some
other need arise. It's not a function of Windows Vista (i.e., Windows
doesn't add to it, or maintain it in any way, except point to it as a fact
of your computer). In other words it's static, and yes, pretty much full (6
GB sounds normal), only containing files to restore your computer, a lot of
them, I daresay, already compressed. Given the size of your hard drive,
more compression isn't necessary; I would probably leave it alone. It may
have a relatively small amount of unused real estate, but yes, Vista will
report it as pretty much full. Don't add to it, or subtract from it; it's
best considered out of bounds.
Vista does maintain a hidden folder on your C drive (called System Volume
Information), for it's own restore functions, and it is not static.
"sherlock" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> thanks for the tip but it turns out that the index just needed more
> now it works fine on day five of owning the computer. it did not work
> My new headache is that the D/Recovery drive says it has used up its 6 GB
> has 320GB) and I have never filled D with anything on purpose. Very
> that an automatic Vista function could cause me to have to do drive
> maintenance on day five. I compressed D and that has given me 250MB free
> I assume it will happen again.
> "dean-dean" wrote:
>> You may have already been down this road, but there's the "Search" tab
>> you click on Control Panel (Classic View) > Folder Options, which has
>> How, and When search options.
>> "sherlock" <email@example.com> wrote in message
>> >I am writer and I have been happily using the Search function in Windows
>> > to find every instance of say the name "Jacob Riis" in my hundreds of
>> > WORD
>> > 2002 documents. For instance, I do the search on my old XP machine and
>> > get
>> > 71
>> > hits (great for building the character). I do the search over the same
>> > files
>> > on VISTA and I get 10 hits. I have tried the little search box, the
>> > Advanced
>> > search. I have said to include non-indexed. I have included Text in the
>> > file.
>> > I have indexed the directory, I have rebuilt the index. I have checked
>> > the
>> > Attributes for the Word files, and they allow archiving and indexing.
>> > Is there any help or a fix for this?
>> > Thanks, author of "History Laid Bare", etc.