Change the Location of Your Google Desktop Index
Depending on how many files you have on your PC, the search index Google Desktop creates can get pretty substantialâ€”easily 1GB or more. If you don’t want the index clogging up your main drive, you can easily move it to a different drive. To move it, follow these steps:
- Exit Google Desktop.
- Open Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\Documents and Settings\USERNAME\Local Settings\Application Data\Google\Google Desktop Search, where USERNAME is your user name.
(Note: Local Settings is a hidden folder, and you might not be able to see it. If you can’t, you can unhide it. To unhide it, In Windows Explorer, choose “Folder options” from the Tools menu. Click the View tab, and under “Hidden files and folders,” click “Show hidden files and folders.” Then click OK.)
- Move the entire Google Desktop Search Folder to a different drive. You don’t have to replicate the entire original folder pathâ€”you could, for example, move it to D:\ Google Desktop Search.
- Open the Registry Editor by choosing Start->Run, typingÂ regedit, and clicking OK.
- Go to HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Google Desktop.
- In the right-hand pane, double-click “data_dir” and change its value to the new location of the Google Desktop index, for example, D:\ Google Desktop Search.
- Exit the Registry editor.
- Restart Google Desktop search.
Google Desktop search will function as it normally does, except that the index will be in its new location.