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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iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 20" screen 2GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

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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. 

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Apr 3, 2012

I am having a problem where my mail App is not searching the entire body of the message any more. I installed Lion soon after it was released, and I believe that it has been working up until recently. 

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