Welcome to the MacNN Forums.

If this is your first visit, be sure to check out the FAQ by clicking the link above. You may have to register before you can post: click the register link above to proceed. To start viewing messages, select the forum that you want to visit from the selection below.

You are here: MacNN Forums > Software - Troubleshooting and Discussion > macOS > Something screwy with spotlight

Something screwy with spotlight
Thread Tools
Mac Enthusiast
Join Date: Nov 2006
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Mar 23, 2008, 05:24 PM
Ok so I'm putting this here even though the the problem happens on a Whitebook. Mods if it needs to be moved please just drop me a pm w/ where you put it.

So here's the problem. I have 6 external drives. 4 USB and 2 firewire. On any given day spotlight will index them when I plug them in, spotlight will index as normal, and some will finish and some won't. It's different which ones finish and which ones don't every time. Sometimes its just one, sometimes like today it's 2. I leave my system on all day long, so when I come back 2 hours later it's still indexing. The only way to get the drives out is to shut down the computer. If I try to eject it says the drive is in use.

I called Applecare and they had no idea what to do. The girl I finally wound up with at the end of the call really couldn't give me any ideas on what to do other than to format and reload the hard drives. Only problem is... I have no extra space to put all this stuff on, kind of like a chinese puzzle box.

Any ideas? Someone mentioned there's a spotlight file on the hdd's but I haven't seen it.

Thanks guys,
Backups are like guns and condoms. It's better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it.
Join Date: Oct 2001
Location: San Jose, CA
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Mar 23, 2008, 05:47 PM
Something is wrong with Spotlight. It should never take that long after the initial indexing. Try adjusting the Spotlight settings to not index these external drives or there must be a way to completely reset Spotlight indexing. Search the forums for that.

Celebrating 10 years and 4000 posts on MacNN!
Clinically Insane
Join Date: Jun 2001
Location: planning a comeback !
Status: Offline
Reply With Quote
Mar 23, 2008, 05:47 PM
Could be a case of corrupted Spotlight indices.

Try Spotless information page to delete the old indices and re-index those drives.

Thread Tools
Forum Links
Forum Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Privacy Policy
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 03:43 PM.
All contents of these forums © 1995-2017 MacNN. All rights reserved.
Branding + Design: www.gesamtbild.com
vBulletin v.3.8.8 © 2000-2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.,