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

Feb 26, 2008

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?

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Nov 14, 2010

In any case I'd like Spotlight to do the following:

1. Index stuff like System Preferences (so that I can find "Sharing" preference pane directly from Spotlight)
2. Not index all the system ".c" and ".h" files

I'm not able to figure out which dirs I should exclude from Spotlight Prefs -> Privacy (nor can I find the default settings for Spotlight)

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May 26, 2009

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Is there away to keep them awake permanently? And if there is, is this a BAD thing? I imagine it's better than the moving parts going over and over when it's waking up multiple times a day.

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OS X :: Spotlight Index Weights In At 20GB On A 160GB Disk?

Oct 7, 2010

I usually had spotlight search disabled, cause I don't really use the search at all .. well that was until yesterday I was looking for a file on the backup drive. Needless to say it took quite a while to find it, so I went back to considering spotlight again.

Long story short I switched on indexing for both the local disk (160GB) and the USB Backup Disk (1.5TB) and left spotlight running over night .. it is not quite there yet .. but the index is already almost 40Gb in total .. that is 20GB locally and then another 19GB on the USB disk.

So my question .. is that normal? Does spotlight store the index of the external disk locally again? I can't imagine the index of the ~100GB I have stored locally to be that big ..

Is it something normal while indexing and will reduce itself when it is done?

People usually report their indexes well below 1GB for larger disk than I use here at least that was what I found googling.

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right, i have a HFS formatted 500gb external drive which i use everyday, but today spotlight just keeps indexing it, it has a lot of media on it which i access daily so spotlight is needed to search it.

i mean its been indexing for a good 2 hours.

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Spotlight Won't Search External Drives?

May 17, 2012

I have an external drive with a lot of music on it.  I recently upgraded to Lion and now the spotlight will not search the disc.

There used to me a spotlight box in the corner of the drive window and now there isn't. The disc is half a tare and it's next to impossible to search manually.  It is a Go Flex drive.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Spotlight Won't Index External Drive

May 17, 2012

It's actually one of five partions on the external drive, and the only one with a problem. Two of the other four are nicely on the Privacy List, and the other two are both indexed and kept nicely up to date. But the Fifth cannot be indexed, although it once was partially. I have run Spotless, which lists all other drives just as I expect but for this one it reports: "The Metadata Server is reporting that content indexing is DISABLED for the volume Fifth but the volume itself is reporting that the content indexing status is set to ENABLED." It is possible to find an 8Kb index on the volume, then Trash and delete it; Spotlight immediately re-creates another index-in-waiting but does not actually do the indexing or add anything in the folder. An added frustration is that the 'folder' is both invisible, locked and seems to be without 'ownership' or other conventional attributes.

1) I have done the primitive Add to Privacy and Remove Dance nothing has changed.

2) I have used Terminal, deleted all .Spotlight-V100 indexes, disabled Spotlight rebooted, renabled it and rebooted—nothing has changed. This included carefully following steps in other posters' accounts (some failed, some succeeded) and a site that gave a particularly thorough version.

3) I have used Spotless although it offers to do such things as Delete the empty index and re-start Indxing, it then reports it couldn't due to an unexpected error.

4) Some folks have pointed to another faulty invisible file variously naming it '.metadate_never_index' and '.metadataneverindex', to be found in '.hostconfig' or eleswhere at the root and destroyed, but I never didscovered anything like it. I did perhaps succeed in adding the line: SPOTLIGHT=-YES- to that file, based on another bit of advice, but it seems to have had no effect.

The terrible irony is that I use FindAnyFile and good ol' FileBuddy for all my searching. All I want is to 'Show Item Info' in Finder's View Options. Wouldn't you know that needs the Spotlight 'app'.Assuming the Spotless message is accurate, I need to convince the MetadataServer that indexing for that partition is enabled. How do I do that

McBk w/10.6.8, QkSlvrG4 w/10.3,10.4

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MacBook Pro :: Spotlight Won't Index/search External HD (NTFS)?

Jun 21, 2012

New mac user here. Running latest Lion (10.7.4) on a Macbook pro. I have Paragon NTFS installed, and reading/writing to NTFS volumes has worked fine. However, I am having an issue with spotlight on my external hard drive (500 gb, NTFS formatted). It simply does not work. Searching my internal main hd works fine. 

I have tried several suggested solutions to this problem already. This includes adding and removing the hard drive from the privacy tab of spotlight. I also tried several terminal commands that I found online such as "sudo mdutil -E" and "sudo mdutil -i on". These all indicate that indexing on my external drive is in fact on. Spotlight does not seem to be indexing the drive. HOWEVER it does return results for folders that I have opened. Seems kind of strange. Doesn't help me much, as I am not about to open 1000's of folders and files just so they can be found through spotlight. 

Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.4)

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Dec 3, 2014

I have recently upgraded to Yosemite but when I use Spotlight to search for a file spotlight does not search or include any files on my external hard drive. I have had one community member suggest to explicitly check the Spotlight index via command line. I tried to follow his instructions but my limited skills produced a zero. Unfortunately, he hasn't replied back for further instruction.  

iMac, OS X Yosemite (10.10.1)

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Jun 15, 2008

One of my important external hard drives recently died and I was wondering of there was a way to see a list of files that were on the drive before it crashed, maybe the spotlight index?

Before sending the drive in for recovery (and not attempting to change the logic board myself) I would like to see if there is any private data on the drive that I wouldn't want to fall into the wrong hands.

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Jan 5, 2011

As I have a MBP 17" and a MBA Ultimate 11.6" I have copied all data that I need onto a 1 TB external disk and made 4 partitions on it, one for each type of data ( movies/music, data , software etc etc ). 1. I want to password lock/encrypt it yet be able to access it from both laptops as regular data would be.2. I want to create a backup of the 1 TB disk above, on to another 1 TB external disk and make it encrypted/password protected also. Maybe follow the partition structure maybe not, thats not paramount.What's the best way (apart from .dmg file) to achieve this given the data on disk in point 1 will change often as I create/edit more files.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Finder/spotlight - Listing Files On External Drive?

May 14, 2012

I want to list the files (Canon images, file names of the form img_xxxx) stored on an external drive (named WINBACK), a partition on a USB HDD. What I did: 

1. Clicked on drive WINBACK in Finder.

2. Typed img in spotlight search box - Finder window changed to the full spotlight window. Window shows  <Search: 'This Mac'  "WINBACK">

3. Changed 'Contents' to 'File Name' so top line of display showed < Search: 'This Mac'  "WINBACK"  | 'File Name' >.

4. Clicked + to give a search line.

5. On search line changed 'Kind' to 'Name', changed  'matches' to 'begins with' from the drop down lists and then typed 'img_' into the search box.

6. Clicked + to give another search line.

7. Changed 'Kind' to 'File extension', and typed 'jpg' into the search box.

8. This gave a list of files img_xxxx.jpg (obviously 0 < xxxx < 10,000). 

As there appeared to be some duplicates I checked the paths of the files. Some were from "WINBACK" but most were from various locations on the internal drive. 

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Disk Utility Can't Repair Disk (1 Partition) On External Hard Drive

Apr 24, 2012

I have a 2TB Western Digital My Book Studio FW800 external that has 5 partitions, connected to my 2011 iMac. I had help doing the partitions and don't really remember the reasoning, but one is just for my SuperDuper! backup, one is Miscellaneous, one for movie clips off my camcorder, one for misc scanned photo's and one for my genealogy research. I back up using Time Machine to a Time Capsule and also to this WD hard drive with SuperDuper! 

Recently I'm getting a pop up message that "Mac OS X can't repair the disk "Genealogy"'.  And it needs to be reformatted.  It's become a read only disk.  When I look in Disk Utility it shows all the partitions as "Mac OS Extended (Journaled)" EXCEPT for the one in question.  I also noticed that there are a lot of files with "date created" being the same date in 1969!  These files may be letters I've written or photo's I added to that partition within the last few years. 

I think I have to completely reformat the entire external hard drive to repair this, but I want to make sure.  Because it's going to be a major hassle backing it all up to another external (having to get one first) and then figuring out how to make the files that have turned "read only" in that one partition, back to their original state!  Does this sound right, that I have to reformat the entire external hard drive?  And how do I get the read-only files back to their original state.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.7.3)

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OS X Leopard :: Disk Write Cache Corruption On External Hard Disk?

Feb 15, 2011

Recently I purchased an external hard disk, to put all of my pictures of my baby due to space limitations on my internal laptop drive. Since my Canon camera 10 megapixel pictures take up a ton of space this was occurring at an alarming rate. My intention was also to back up to DVD but never got to it. This is both a comment and a question.

Now said baby, is getting really good at pulling cords etc. He managed to do this on the external drive firewire cable. As far as i know the drive was not in the process of actually writing. However, after a few minutes and trying to re-plug the drive the OS crashed with a Grey Screen of Death hardware error that tells you that you need to push the power button..

This apparently corrupted the drive's directory. Upon reboot the drive would not mount. Since there were time machine backups on the drive too Diskwarrior was not able to reconstruct the drive in the built in memory available on the computer. Time machine stores millions of files and Diskwarrior apparently wants to keep it all in memory at once. Since my computer has 2GB you would hope that would be enough but apparently not. So that failed. Other utilities seemed to be able to find the files but not restore the directory. I also took it to the apple store they were not able to recover it.

I have to say this is extremely distressing, and hard to believe that a simple accident like this could cost the loss of thousands of pictures. I did send it to a rescue company but that was expensive but I think apple needs to do something about this situation.

On Windows there is a way to disable the write cache for external drives. This is not available for Mac OS X. This would prevent this rather common occurrence of a plug accidentally becoming disengaged when the drive is not in the process of writing. This reduces the odds but I still think apple, in order to become clearly superior, needs a better solution.

I know Apple has experimented with ZFS would this not eliminate this possibility of this kind of disaster? Is this in Snow Leopard desktop? I know they are thinking this is a business customer focused technology but clearly if it can eliminate this kind of thing then I think it is extremely useful to their non server customers. Perhaps there are other ways of dealing with this issue but ZFS is designed to deal with these issues. HFS+ is extremely fragile to disk corruption.

I know my situation is not that uncommon and this is not the first time this has happened to me with an external drive. You would think I had learned. I hate to think of how many other people have had the same thing happen to them.

MacBook Pro
Mac OS X (10.5.8)

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I have a Seagate 1 TB Backup Plus Drive which was working perfectly fine until I plugged it into a USB hub. It detected it while in the hub and I was able to get files off of it, but when I ejected it from the hub and put it back into the USB slot on the computer it was not detected by finder. It shows up in the disk utility and I clicked verify and repair and it says:

Verify and Repair volume “Seagate Backup Plus Drive”
Checking file system
Volume repair complete.
Updating boot support partitions for the volume as required.

Disk Utility can’t repair this disk. Back up as many of your files as possible, reformat the disk, and restore your backed-up files. 

Is there any way to get this to work properly again? Or if not is there a way for me to recover my files on the external hard drive? 

I have a Macbook PRO late 2011 running OS X Mavericks.

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How do you make the exclude file option on zip, or unzip, work for dotted files? For example,  

zip -r foo ~/foo/ -x *.txt 

will zip all files in ~/foo/ that do not have the extension txt.  But this doesn't work for "hidden" files, those that start with ".", like ".txt".  So, 

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