Our company has never performed a full crawl, and wanting to enable the search feature we need to perform a full crawl on the search service application. However after some time and about 8000 items and 4000 errors in, the crawl simply doesn't do anything. It claims it's running but it does not increase the counts of items checked. It has been up for over 4 days now and has not made any progress in the last 3. After doing some research I saw some mention of deleting and re-provisioning the search service, however I am unsure of whether that will fix it.
Is this the right way to go about it or is there some other way to fix this issue? What are the possible ramifications of re-provisioning the search service application?