Friday, August 14, 2009

Moving Your Google Desktop Index

I was surprised last week to find that my C:\ drive was completely full. Using WinDirStat (thanks for the link Paul) I was able to analyze the drive and see where exactly the space was being used up. The largest disk hog turned out to be Google Desktop which was consuming over 4 Gig of primary C:\ real estate.

Google Desktop is essential for searching files on your desktop and especially useful for searching mail in Outlook but it consumes huge amounts of disk space over time. Google doesn't provide a user setting for where to store the index but there is a registry key you can modify to get the job done.

Here is how you move the location of your Google Desktop index:

  • Exit Google Desktop
  • Run regedit
  • Observe the folder path / name stored in the key HKEY_CURRENT_USER\Software\Google\Google Desktop\data_dir
  • Move that folder to where ever you want it stored
  • Update the registry setting to reflect the new location
  • Restart Google Desktop
This allowed me to move the index to my D:\ drive clearing up space needed on C:\.

1 comment:

Alan Rudy said...

This was super helpful, thanks a million. I have an older laptop and just bought a terabyte-sized external hard drive... finally there's space for that index...