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Old 10-29-08, 08:05 PM
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Any way to delete UsnJrnl?

So, I installed the optional software for desktop searching from the Windows Update site. Decided I didn't like it all, and used my mirror image of the C Drive to get back to the way things were. The problem is that now I have a VERY fragmented UsnJrnl File on my F, H & J Drives. This file is hidden from view and I can't even find it using Acronis Disk Director or Acronis True Image. So, how can I get rid of this useless piece of dung?
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Old 10-29-08, 09:02 PM
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So, I installed the optional software for desktop searching from the Windows Update site.
What software was this? Searching has been built into Windows for a while now.
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Old 10-29-08, 09:22 PM
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If you go to Windows Update and click on the "Custom" Updates search you will find this under "Software, Optional".

Windows Search 4.0 for Windows XP (KB940157)
Download size: 5.3 MB , less than 1 minute
"Windows Search 4.0 helps you to find, preview, and use your documents, e-mail, music, photos, and other items. On an upgrade from previous versions, you will need to rebuild your index. After you install this item, you may have to restart your computer."

That's the one.
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Old 10-29-08, 10:27 PM
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It's a USN Journal, used to document changes to files in NTFS. Windows Indexing Service uses it, but it's not the only software that does:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/USN_Journal

You can delete the journal, but if any software is using it, it'll be re-created. For example, to delete it from drive C: enter at a command prompt:
Code:
FSUTIL USN DELETEJOURNAL /D C:
http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/l.../cc788042.aspx

What defragmenting program are you using? It looks like Diskeeper may report the incorrect info on UsnJrnl:
http://it.megocollector.com/?p=26

Here's how to do an indexed search in Windows without a separate piece of software:
http://www.theinquirer.net/en/inquir...-its-own-wheel
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Thanks for the info Jay G. I managed to delete it - as you suggested - with the fsutil usn deletejournal /d c:
and fsutil usn deletejournal /d f:
and fsutil usn deletejournal /d h:
and fsutil usn deletejournal /d j:

YEA!! This file appeared only after I installed that indexing service I referred to above. I have much better software for finding anything on my computer, either by a partial name or else a text string. For example, if I know that I have an MS Word document somewhere with reference to something I need to find, I can use ZTreeWin and, after limiting my filetype to *.doc, type in (reference to something) and after a very short time it will show me every single MS Word document which contains the (reference to something) text.

Thanks again!
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