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Old 06-27-2011, 08:00 PM   #1
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When books are deleted from the Kindle are the associated index files also removed? As index files take a reasonably large amount of room this would help conserve space. Would a reboot solve this problem?

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Old 06-28-2011, 12:35 AM   #2
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I was curious about this, too, so a few weeks ago I checked it out on my Kindle 3. When deleting the book, the associated index file was also deleted. I verified this by looking at the index folder before and after the book deletion. No reboot was required.

Note that I only tried this using the file-deletion function on the Kindle itself, since that's the way I delete books after I finish reading them. If one were to delete a book using calibre or your operating system's file manager (Windows Explorer, for instance), then I don't know what the results would be. Probably someone here does, though. If not, I could check it out easily enough, if that's important to you.
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Old 06-28-2011, 03:29 AM   #3
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That is a good question. Does everything relating to a given book get deleted if you use Windows Explorer or some other means rather than the Kindle's built in delete feature or do associated files remain undeleted from the Kindle?
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Old 06-28-2011, 01:37 PM   #4
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Does everything relating to a given book get deleted if you use Windows Explorer or some other means rather than the Kindle's built in delete feature
I can't see how that would be possible. When you use Windows Explorer (or similar), you tell it which specific file you want to delete. Things like annotations and highlights - and indexes - are held in separate files. As the deletion tool would have no way of knowing about those files, it seems likely that they won't get deleted.
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I was curious about this, too, so a few weeks ago I checked it out on my Kindle 3. When deleting the book, the associated index file was also deleted. I verified this by looking at the index folder before and after the book deletion. No reboot was required.

Note that I only tried this using the file-deletion function on the Kindle itself...
Good to know!
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Old 06-28-2011, 02:59 PM   #6
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The software could easily check for "orphaned" index files. Don't know if it does, but I'd certainly check for that, if I were a Kindle developer.
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Old 06-28-2011, 05:49 PM   #7
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Not long after I got my DXG, I thought I'd be clever and delete a lot of books via usb. The DXG started using a lot of power - needing a recharge every few days. I think it was "looking" for the books that the index files referred to, not finding them and looking again, looping constantly (just my impression this, I can't prove it). I "cured" it by going in via usb, deleting everything in the "Search Indexes" folder, and leaving it plugged in while it re-indexed everything.

So, in my experience, you shouldn't delete books via usb.
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Old 07-01-2011, 02:08 AM   #8
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Thanks People - I think you are correct about results when using a USB. I have such a large number of books to clean up that it is my only choice so will remove books and Index files and let the Kindle re-index - easiest way!

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