OS X Mavericks :: Spotlight Indexing Takes Too Long After Restart

Jun 19, 2014

I have a 2012 iMac with 2 partitions, one main partition running Mavericks and one smaller partition running Mountain Lion.  I normally do all my work in Mavericks, but sometimes I need to boot into Mountain Lion and do a few things.  When booting back into Mavericks it takes at least 30 minutes (if not more) for my Mac to get back to full speed.  I think it's primarily due to the spotlight indexing which goes on for 30 minutes or more after the restart.  In spotlight prefs I do have my Mountain Lion disk added to privacy so that it won't be indexed, but that doesn't appear to solve the problem. what exactly is it indexing after a reboot and why does it take so long.I would really like my Mac usable at normal speeds within a couple of minutes after a reboot at most.

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Software :: Spotlight Has Been Indexing For Long

Oct 23, 2010

My spotlight has been indexing "for the past 2 hours" but in actuality its been for the past 48 hours. I don't know what's wrong.

As far as specifics go 2.8 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo
10.6.4 Version (leopard)
Memory 4 GB 1067 MHz DDR3

I've had the computer for about a year now, and I don't have any bugs or viruses on my computer.

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OS X Mavericks :: Spotlight Indexing Causes Memory Leak?

Jun 4, 2014

I have a brand new iMac, that often displays an error stating the mac is out of memory. The mac has 16GB of memory and usually the only software used is Office products and Safari. I noticed that the machine would run out of memory when the mac is doing its index. I can usully see this happening in the spotlight. Below is a screen shot of the activity monitor. 

Mac specs: Mac OS X 10.9.3Intel Core i716GB RAM1TB Hard Drive

iMac, OS X Mavericks (10.9.3)

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MacBook Pro :: Takes Really Long Time To Restart After Battery Drain

May 13, 2012

Last night I had a weird experience with my mid-2011 MacBook Pro; I went out to dinner and came back to find the cat had kicked the power cord out, draining the battery. I've had this happen before and wasn't too worried; it's always just restarted after I plugged it back in. This time, however, I plugged it in (getting, perplexingly, a green light on the cord) and nothing happened except for the sleep light slowly flashing; it didn't respond to any pressing on the power button, and the sleep light disappeared if I unplugged the cord. The battery test button on the side got one flashing light (meaning, I believe, a dead battery), which also didn't work if the computer was unplugged.

I left it plugged in while I hunted for info on the problem and about an hour later had just decided that I was going to have to take it in to the Genius Bar when it suddenly booted up. The cord light turned orange and it proceeded to fully recharge over the next two hours.Is this normal behavior after a battery drain? Should I be concerned? Is it worth taking the computer in to get the battery checked, or some other element of the comp? (some of the things I looked at were talking about the logic board, which is not a happy thought)iStat Pro claims the battery is at 41% health, 111 cycles, which I would think would mean it has some life in it yet.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7)

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OS X Mavericks :: Time Machine Extremely Slow - Spotlight Never Finishes Indexing

Jun 4, 2014

I am really careful about OXS upgrades, I have a Macbook Air 13" 4GB/256GB ssd, 2013. last monday I finally did the Mavericks upgrade; Mountain Lion was working great, but as Yosemite coming soon, I thought that was a good time to do it. Guess what... 

Time Machine is NOT WORKING. I never had a problem with TM, and I use Mac since 90's, so I even can't remember when it came out, but I trade at least 4 Macs using TM and never had an issue.

Now, over Mavericks, it is taking forever. By just now, after almost 30 hours, it is backing up 8.57 GB of 60 GB. I already did the reformating of the TM's drive, it did not work.

I got a new HD external, reformatted on Disk Utility, turno ON and OFF and ON TIme Machine as I read it many times on other posts, and nothing.. It is just taking forever. I never saw this on any other OSX.

Spotlight is indexing too, taking too long, and probably this is the reason (or one of the reasons...) for TM take so long.

I started over wifi, I have an Aiport Express Extended thing, but my Macbook is really close to the first one, on the chain. I made sure that airport is connected to this one, and, it is.

I plugged my TrendNet USB-Ethernet cable, which works really great and fast. Nothing changes, System Preferences recognizes both connections, wifi and ethernet, both are working, but speed did not change at all...  

I can't really believe that Apple will leave Time Machine users on this ridiculous situation. But what to do next. 

MacBook Air (13-inch Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.5)

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OS X Mavericks :: MBP Takes Long Time To Connect To Internet When In One Room (not Others)

Sep 3, 2014

My brand new MBP is taking ages to connect to the internet when in the living room but not in the study (where the router is). 

Two things are odd about this: 

1.  It IS connected to wifi, i.e. all the bars of the wifi symbol are black, indicating a strong signal.  The problem is that, using Chrome (and Safari), when I enter a web address, it just hangs for ages then eventually, sometimes after 5-10 minutes, it connects, and thereafter things tend to be fine. 

2.  My very old Dell laptop connects MUCH more quickly; I simply don't have the same problem with it.  It seems to not only find the wifi signal but to access websites more or less immediately. 

On the one hand, given this only happens when in the living room, some distance from the router, I would think the problem is simply that the wifi signal is too weak.

MacBook Pro (Retina, 15-inch, Mid 2014), OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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OS X Mavericks :: 10.9.4 - Spotlight Reindexing After Every Boot / Restart

Jul 1, 2014

Spotlight still wanting to reindex their mac after every restart/reboot - the finder becomes completely bogged down until spotlight finishes reindexing my mid 2011 iMac hard drive. I have tried a clean install from scratch, clearing the caches, deleting the spotlight files and letting it reindex from scratch, nothing seems to get rid of the initial lag once the desktop first appears - it happens after every restart or initial boot up….as soon as the icons for the hard drive appears, it immediately goes into "reindexing iMac hard drive" and takes a few minutes to complete, during that time, the computer is totally unresponsive to anything until it finishes. (Computer configuration = Mid 2011 iMac with 16GB ram and 500GB H.D. that has over 200GB of free space - Time machine backs up to a 2TB Lacie D2 Drive via firewire 800).

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OS X Mavericks :: IMac Running Very Slowly - Takes 45 Minutes To Restart

Sep 11, 2014

Every since I upgraded my OS to 10.9, my performance has been going downhill. Now, even though I have reformatted my hard drive  and have not even put any new data on it, it takes 45 minutes to restart and 25 minutes for me to open the window to write this message. Below is my system info. Why my system seems to have slowed down so much. You can see there is nothing on the hard drive to slow it down.

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OS X :: Won't Work With Spotlight And Indexing SL

Nov 9, 2009

I have a MBP and I recently did a clean install up to Snow Leopard, and then added all of my movies and files about 150GBs onto my mac. And it was all working perfectly, but now for the past two days I have not been able to use Spotlight as it says it is indexing.

Any ideas why or how this might of happened? I have recently brought iDeFrag and did a quick online DeFrag after I installed windows 7 in boot camp.

I use spotlight alot for finding files and not having it is.

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OS X :: Unable To Tell If Spotlight Is Indexing

Oct 27, 2007

How can I tell if it is still indexing and how long does it take ona clean and jerk install that wipes the HD ? I was experiencing VERY choppy genie efects and dock animations for about 2 hours after the install of Leopard.... oddly seems to come and go WTF


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OS X Yosemite :: How To Know When Spotlight Is Indexing

Dec 7, 2014

in previous OS versions you could tell when spotlight is indexing by clicking the spotlight icon in the toolbar and the dropdown would tell you.  now in yosemite how can we tell when spotlight is indexing?  because i use mail.app a lot and search won't work properly until the indexing is done. 

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OS X :: Unable To Work With Spotlight Indexing

Sep 13, 2010

My Spotlight doesn't seem to be working properly. It has been indexing for the past couple of weeks and is clearly stuck. It actually says that it is 'estimating indexing time' but hasn't been able to move on from this.
Time Machine has also stopped backing up, and I think that this may be a linked issue.

I'm running 10.6.4 on a MacBook Intel 2.4GHz with 2G RAM

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OS X :: Won't Stop Spotlight From Indexing External HD

Jun 1, 2007

I use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone my internal HD to my External 3 times a week. I have CCC set to erase the external, and copy everything over each time it backs up. The only problem im having is I can't stop Spotlight from indexing/searching my external drive. Adding the drive to the Privacy tab in the Spotlight Prefs works, but only until the next backup, after the next backup, and a restart Spotlight indexes my External drive again. It's annoying cause when I search for files I get 2 of everything. How the heck do I stop spotlight from searching my external?

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OS X :: Unable To Stop Spotlight Indexing

Jan 17, 2008

Is there a way to stop Spotlight indexing everytime I restart?

I use Bootcamp so I'm constantly swapping from Leopard to Windows and when I get into leopard, Spotlight indexes and the computer is slow until it finishes.

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OS X :: Won't Pause Or Stop Spotlight Indexing

Jan 13, 2010

Is there any way to pause or stop the spotlight that happens after rebooting? It annoying that it keeps me from using Spotlight until it was done, and recently I was trying to use EyeTV as a DRV, and the video kept freezing, I suspect due to spotlight in the background. It is very frustrating to not be able to fully use my computer for some time after rebooting.

I tried "sudo mdutil -i off" and it didn't seem to have any effect, although I didn't stop the mds process after trying it. I did try killing mds before entering that command, and it just came back after a few seconds.

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OS X :: Won't Work With Disable Indexing / But Still Able To Use Spotlight

Feb 8, 2010

So in Windows, if you were to disable Windows Indexing for search (but leave search on), you'll still be able to search for files, just at a extremely slower rate because theres no index available. Having an SSD, this is faster and I like that feature but in OSX, I can't figure out if there's anything to disable indexing but still have spotlight be able to find/search for files.

It's not being done out of paranoia or such, but for some reason, MDS always goes off whenever the system is started, any minor file is changed and such, it's actually being a huge drain on system resources. The MDS runs for about 10 minutes each time, taking up 30-70% cpu usually and i really want to disable it but still have spotlight searching available.

Can this be done? or is something that only windows' would have?

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OS X :: Won't Work With Indexing Volumes In Spotlight

Jul 22, 2010

I have had my iMac for months now. However, recently, it's started displaying the blinking dot inside Spotlight.

When I hover over it, all it says (!!!) is "Indexing Volumes". No useful information about "what volume", why it's taking so long (7 hours so far), etc.. If I click the hour glass, spotlight works as always. Does anyone have any ideas what's going on here or what I might try to "fix" this problem. Currently, I'm doing the (Windows) reboot method to clear this "Indexing Volumes", but it comes back.

Should I let the machine run overnight?

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Feb 14, 2012

I cannot disable spotlight - it is endlessly indexing. I have dropped the main drive into Provacy under Spotlight.  I have dropped my other 3 drives there as well.  I have taken them out and reurned them many times - no change.  I repaired disk permissions many times - no change.  I downloaded and installed the 10.6.8 Combo update - no change.  It keeps indexing and says: Indexing _____________'s Mac Pro. And the estimated time is not there - just that barber pole.  And I believe it is affecting my applications - I am having major problems with Avid's Pro Tools 9.0.6. Is there anything else that I can try?  I do own Spotless but I stopped using it over a year ago - it didn't seem to do anything more than what I could do using the Privacy option.  It it possible that Spotless might be able to do something that I cannot? 

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 16 GB 800 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM

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OS X :: Won't Work With External Drive / Spotlight Keeps Indexing

Jun 23, 2009

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 :: Won't Work With Spotlight / Doesn't Stop Indexing

Jul 25, 2009

a few weeks ago I used a maitenance software (like onyx). I changed something in the spotlight settings, which made it indexing... without stopping.

I have now reinstalled Mac OS X.. everything worked ok. I then updated it... and the problem popped up again.

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OS X :: Won't Work With Spotlight Indexing / Can't Find Options

Mar 25, 2010

I noticed my "spotlight" icon has a pulsing dot in the center of the magnifying glass icon....when I click on it there is a progress bar and it is perpetually "indexing" my hard drive.

Whats this mean? Is my HDD going to fail? Its been going on like this for months. Running Drive Utility, Techtool or Disk Warrior doesn't fix it.

I fixed permissions and repaired the disk off the Snow Leopard book disk, problem persists.

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Software :: Unable To Work With Spotlight Indexing

Apr 24, 2009

how can I tell if spotlight has indexed main hd? Also, does it index my 2 external hds; one is a Maxtor 1 teribyte hd-other is a 500g.
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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: Spotlight Won't Stop Indexing

Mar 22, 2012

Spotlight has been indexing for four days now,; all it says is 'estimating indexing time.' Meanwhile, i can't search for anythign on my hard drive. how can i make it stop?

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: How To Stop Spotlight Indexing

Apr 27, 2012

I can't figure out how to stop Spotlight indexing, as it's been doing it since yesterday. 

Macbook 2.4Ghz (White) 4GB RAM, Mac OS X (10.6.4), Logic Studio 8, Safari 5.0.2, iLife 08, iWork 08, Aperture 2

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Jun 26, 2012

Is there any way to set Spotlight indexing to only work at midnight or some other time?  The amount of indexing that goes on constantly is slowing down my work time and finder access during the day.

Mac OS X (10.7.4), ATI Radeon HD 2600 XT, 6 gigs RAM

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Applications :: Won't Work / Spotlight Not Indexing Network Drive

Nov 22, 2008

I have an iomega network drive on which I store my itunes library. However spotlight does not find any files on this drive.

I have tried mdutil -i on /Volumes/Network drive and mdutil -E

It says it has turned on indexing, but it still will not find any files. Does anyone know how to make spotlight index this network drive, or recommend an app that will allow me to search network drives

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MacBook :: Spotlight In Snow Leopard Won't Stop Indexing

Oct 27, 2009

I've had Snow Leopard since the day it came out. And I installed it that same day. Since then Spotlight is constantly indexing and will not stop. I noticed about a week after installation when I went to use stoplight and it wouldn't let me because it was indexing. Now fast forward to today I still haven't fixed this problem because I never really needed to use it. So no I have the need, and I need to fix this problem. BTW I'm using a 13" aluminum Mac Book bought around June '09 the model right before the current 13" aluminum Mac Book Pro's

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Apr 2, 2009

I upgraded my harddrive this weekend. Here is how I did it:

1.) replaced the hard drive in my laptop
2.) Loaded Leopard onto the new hard drive
3.) Connected my old drive in an enclosure as an external drive
4.) Used the migration assistant to migrate my profile and files from the old drive.

Everything is good, but spotlight doesn't work well. It misses tons of stuff that IS there. I think the drive needs to be re-indexed?

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Apr 13, 2012

I've update my hdd from my macbook pro 13" mid 2010 to an ssd. I've done a fresh install and imported all my apps and settings from my old hdd.Since that time I have 2 problems: when my mbp goes out of battery it shut down instead of hibernating and when I turn it on my finder is indexing my home folder!I have hibernate mode set to 3 as normal.

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Aug 6, 2010

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