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7.0 MCC - Performance when large numbers of Email messages accumulating in the Search Storage folder

Article ID: 52095 - Last Review: January 29, 2014


When the Search Storage folder accumulates a large amount of files (typically 50,000 .msg files, but possibly less depending on the hardware), searching that folder can be significantly longer (over 30 seconds, sometimes over 2 minutes).  This leads to overall slower performance (longer audits, longer archives, longer user searches). 

This has to do with disk fragmentation caused by the msg files stored in the Search Storage folder.


We recommend using 3rd party defragmentation tools such as PowerDefragmenter combined with Contig. These are both free tools available for use.  Our testing has shown that when the folder is properly defragmented, searching for 3,000 items out of 50,000 was consistently taking one second or less.

You can find the above tools at the following sites:
PowerDefragmenter v3.0: http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Hard-Disk-Utils/Power-Defragmenter.shtml
Contig v1.7: http://technet.microsoft.com/en-ca/sysinternals/bb897428.aspx


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Last Modified:Wednesday, January 29, 2014
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