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31 hours and RISING!?
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Nov 29, 2001, 11:24 PM
 
Oh joy.. I never let my Macs do the HD indexing thing before.. As I am still not clear what exactly it does.. (Please, no wise cracks say "It indexes your HD dumbass!"). Plus it appears to take a ridiclously long time to index! What the hell takes THIS long to do on an HD?! And why must we do it? if we must at all?



PS, now it has risen to 33 hours.. This can't be right!?
     
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Nov 30, 2001, 12:55 AM
 
It basically finds and stores al the text of all your files in an index file, so you can search the contents of your files using Sherlock. That's why it takes so long. Totally optional.
     
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Nov 30, 2001, 06:13 AM
 
Unless you use a random naming convention for your word processing files, in order to keep yourself entertained, HD indexing is a waste.

Disable it by removing the Find By Content extensions (in the "Find" folder within the Extensions folder).
     
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Nov 30, 2001, 12:39 PM
 
Eck! After peaking out at 33 hours.. Just now it was reading around 19 hours.. Then all of a sudden, Whip Zing! it's down to 10 minutes! Then when it gets to 8 minutes.. It decides it's finished. So.. It actually took nearly 18 hours to Index about 6 gig's worth of stuff on my drive.
Well, thanks to you guys for telling me what it does! Don't think i'll bother with it again though...
     
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Nov 30, 2001, 02:14 PM
 
I have it automatically index my HD every Sunday at 4 AM (Since thats the one day I am most likely not to be up that late, or if I am I definetely won't be near my computer)

Makes searching nice and fast, I say its worth it if it doesn't ever get in your way.

[ 11-30-2001: Message edited by: sek929 ]
     
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Dec 1, 2001, 07:00 PM
 
After you index the first time, it takes a lot less time for subsequent indexes. Also, the amount of time it tells you it will take is no where near accurate. For example, my 20GB internal hard drive has 12GB of stuff in it. The index tells me it will take twenty min to run, but it never takes more than two.
Indexing is great if you accidentally lose something in your hard drive, if you want to check separate hard drives for backup, or to get rid of duplicate stuff.
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Dec 1, 2001, 08:29 PM
 
Originally posted by sek929:
<STRONG>I have it automatically index my HD every Sunday at 4 AM (Since thats the one day I am most likely not to be up that late, or if I am I definetely won't be near my computer)

Makes searching nice and fast, I say its worth it if it doesn't ever get in your way.

[ 11-30-2001: Message edited by: sek929 ]</STRONG>
how do you set that? TIA
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Dec 2, 2001, 12:57 PM
 
Piece of cake. Bring up Sherlock. Go to find - index volumes. Click schedule.
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