Huge windows.edb filesize in Window 8.1

I am using Windows 8.1 Pro upgraded from Windows 8 Pro. I am suffering from a critical issue regarding the indexing. The size of C partition is increasing very fast. It reaches 50 GB in less than a week. I tried many times to stop indexing and delete the ".edb" file to solve the size issue, but it grows up again with huge size very rapidly. This process also makes me re-do the indexing process again from scratch which takes time and size and after indexing is complete, it only one or two days then "".edb" size increase to reach more than 50 GB. I hope you can help me solve this critical issue.

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I have to now apologise to Microsoft. Thank you for fixing my machine.

The problem was with a driver on one of my HDD's. It in turn corrupted part of the registry. This was almost certainly due to managing to crash the computer whilst altering file path names for the drives a long time ago. The problem is now fixed.

How did I resolve this? I identified the problem was on the drive by modifying the indexing options to include or exclude various destinations. After much updating everything I could think of including the BIOS and a fresh installation of Windows (10, from scratch), the problem persisted. So I purchased Microsoft's Premium support, Assure, for one year, and the technician remotely fixed the problem in about 3 hours.

Could I have fixed it? Possibly, but I would have to have known that the driver was corrupt on the disk drive.
I could have 'updated' the disk firmware which would have fixed the driver, without search active, and then completely reinstalled windows from a fresh image. This would have guarenteed been guaranteed to work, from what I understand. I do not know what risks are associated with updating the disk firmware. This would have renewed the drivers and the registry, fixing the problem.

The technician's report of what he did is pasted below.

- edited the windows  search components - followed this online instruction (http://www.eightforums.com/bsod-crashes-debugging/33651-crawl-could-not-completed-content-source-winrt. html) - stopped and start the search services - run sfc /scannow - run dism /online /cleanup-image /restorehealth - run search and indexing troubleshooter - run  hardware and device troubleshooter - run windows update reset components - run powershell with the command below

 

powershell Get-AppXPackage -AllUsers |Where-Object {$_.InstallLocation -like "*SystemApps*"} | Foreach {Add-AppxPackage -DisableDevelopmentMode -Register "$($_.InstallLocation)\AppXManifest.xml"}

- restarted the pc and test the functionality of the resolution

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I have the exact same problem...  i have the below locations on my indexing options:

  • MS Outlook
  • MS Outlook PST folder (76.6 GB)

I have tried deleted my index and rebuild but my .edb file kept growing (now 25.4 GB) until by drive partition is full... 

I'm now on Windows 8.1... i can't download/send new emails now cause i have no more space.... this is very bad as i need to use my Outlook for work... i hope MS can quickly find a solution to this problem...

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