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MacOS 9 indexing my HD
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Dec 4, 2000, 03:05 AM
I hate this!!!! I do NOT care about sherlock indexing my HD. And it is very annoying, EXTREMELY annoying when i am working in peace typing, and suddenly a window pops up that says "indexing hard drive" I click cancel. But it comes back again in 3 minutes. This happens about 5 times, and only late at night. This must mean that there is a schedule for indexing set SOMEWHERE. Well, I cant to turn it OFF, but there is no way, not in sherlock's prefs, not in general controls, not in energy saver. No where else I've looked.

Does Apple not realize that some ppl don't want to be annoyed by indexing hard drive shenanegans??? Or do they just hide the indexing control panel too well? Can someone help me with this?
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Dec 4, 2000, 03:19 AM
Try hitting command-L in Sherlock. Otherwise you can turn off the extension FBC Indexing Scheduler.


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Dec 4, 2000, 08:33 AM
Kristjan is correct - however, you might like to go thru the motions
just so you understand where this feature is located.

Open Sherlock - in the Find menu, choose Index Volumes - in the window that opens, click on
Schedule - in the window that opens, uncheck all the boxes and close the window.

You'll not be bothered by indexing anymore, but remember, you're assuming manual control,
so remember to index with some regularity so that you are able to use the Find by Content
feature of Sherlock.

If you're one of those people who leaves their Mac "always on" set a time in the Schedule
when you're not using your Mac.

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Dec 5, 2000, 12:45 AM
I'm one who keeps my Mac on all the time. I set Sherlock to index my hard drive every Sunday at 2AM in the morning. By the time I use my Mac again (which is around 8AM), everything's done. This speeds up my find contents, too.
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Dec 5, 2000, 05:52 PM
Thanks WDL
I've been trying to remember how to change my schedule for weeks
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Dec 5, 2000, 07:53 PM
I was going to post this question!! I hate that little box too ( and it IS only late at night )It is so aggravating :[

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Dec 10, 2000, 11:39 PM
How long should the indexing take? Mine always stops half way through saying it has 10 minutes left and then jumps to 3 hours... Where I live thats quite a jump... time is money and money is time.

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Dec 11, 2000, 10:26 PM
Time depends on how many items you have on your hard drive.

When you get changing times like this it may be that your Energy Saver
control panel is not set right and may be sending confusing signals -
open the Energy Saver control panel - click on Show Detail - in the window
that opens make sure the three sliders are set to Never - close everything,
shut down and wait a few seconds for the memory to completely clear itself,
then start up and everything should work normally.

If you're doing a complete indexing (All Volumes) for the first time, why not
start it just before going to bed and let it do its thing while you sleep (or
do whatever you do when you go to bed).

These cold winter nights, not everyone sleeps when they go to bed - come
to think of it - the temperature has nothing to do with whatever activity ensues.


[This message has been edited by WDL (edited 12-11-2000).]
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