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OS X :: How To Permanently Exclude An External Disk From Spotlight

When I mount an external disk, I can add it to the Spotlight privacy pane and all is well; Spotlight will quit indexing the drive. However, if I unmount/mount the drive or reboot/mount the drive, Spotlight starts indexing the drive all over again and I have to add it to the privacy pane again. Is there a way to make Spotlight permanently "forget" an external drive?

View 4 Replies (Posted: Feb 26, 2008)

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How can I exclude songs from itunes? In other words how can I hide songs or sound (from the operating system ) in itunes?

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