Because the heart of the Windows Vista search engine is the index, it really pays off to keep the index on the fastest drive you have. So, if you get a newer, faster drive, you should move your search index to make the most of the drive's capabilities.

Truth be told, you don't actually move the index; you delete the old index and then re-index in another location. Although the takes time in the beginning, it can save you search time down the road.

  1. Wait until you don’t need your computer for a long, long time.

  2. Choose Start→Control Panel. Click the System and Maintenance link. Then click the Indexing Options link.


    Vista shows you the Indexing Options dialog box.

  3. Click the Advanced button.


    Click through a User Account Control dialog box. Vista brings up the Index Settings tab on the Advanced Options dialog box.

  4. To delete the current index file and rebuild it in a new location, click the Select New button.

    This button works like a Browse button.

  5. Choose where you want to stick the new index and click OK.

  6. Go out to a very long lunch.

    By the time you get back, your system might be re-indexed.