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Inside the Index and Search Engines: Microsoft® Office SharePoint® Server 2007 by Lars Fastrup, Patrick Tissegham

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Calculating Required Disk Space

This section describes how to calculate disk space requirements for the content indexes and search databases in a farm server topology. The calculated disk space requirement for a content index applies to index servers as well as query servers. However, if both roles are hosted on the same server, you do not need to calculate double the amount of space.

Calculating the Size of the Content Index

The size of a content index lies in the range 5 percent to 12 percent of the size of the crawled content. For example, consider crawling 1,000,000 documents with a total file size of 500 GB. This would yield a content index in the range 25 GB to 60 GB (worst case). But because a full crawl builds a new copy of the index and ...

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