Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2011 6:55 AM (in response to pasha25)Hello p:
Go to system preferences>spotlight>privacy and see if Time Machine is excluded (I think that is the default). Indexing the Time Machine backup files is, IMHO, a waste of time.
BarryiMac 27" 3.2 GHz Intel i3/4 GB, DSL, Firewire HDs, Mac OS X (10.6.7)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2011 7:17 AM (in response to pasha25)How is your time machine setup?
Here's my 2cents
If its through Time capsule or external hard drive attached to an airport extreme base station or otherwise known as Airport Disk. Unless the drive is mounted, spotlight won't see any of those stuff
Time capsule: When you perform a back up, your computer connects and mounts to the TC volume and perform the back up. After backing up it normally unmounts itself once finished. It does not stay mounted.(I only speak from experience).
That being the case, spotlight wouldn't be able to search any items saved on the back ups since its not connected.
1. If its a TC disk > connect to its disk > Mount the sparesebundle and try spotlight
2. If its an external HDD connected to the mac via USB, that's a different story. It should find those items, maybe you just need to index itMacbook Pro Late 2008, Mac OS X (10.5.8), macbook pro late 2008
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2011 7:38 AM (in response to kisuke3)Time Machine is not listed in Spotlight>Preferences. Adding, then deleting the hard drive in Privacy makes Spotlight index the hard drive.The Time Machine is USB-connected.Mac mini '08, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2011 7:54 AM (in response to pasha25)it wont be in the spotlight preferences. What you needed to add or drag in the spotlight preferences was the time machine back up itself
in your case the "backups.backupsdb" folder.Macbook Pro Late 2008, Mac OS X (10.5.8), macbook pro late 2008
Currently Being ModeratedApr 15, 2011 3:31 PM (in response to kisuke3)Unknown Error appears when I drag the backups to the Privacy box. Search Results doesn't appear to have "+". I dragged the Time Machine icon (selected from my mac). Perhaps, what I am asking is how does one index Time Machine?
Any help will be appreciated.Mac mini '08, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
Currently Being ModeratedApr 21, 2011 2:03 PM (in response to pasha25)
I should add:
Privacy List Error/the item could not be added or removed because of an unknown error
This message is displayed when I try to add backups.backupsdb to the Spotlight>Privacy pane. I have run Verify Disk as well as Repair Disk, to no avail.
Any help will be appreciated.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 11, 2011 2:08 PM (in response to pasha25)
Contacted Apple Support; after trying things for 14 days, I erased the Backups and made a new Backup. That worked, much like using Spotlight in the hard drive. Alas, on the 15th day, Apple Support contacted me with Terminal commands which may also have worked.
Currently Being ModeratedMay 14, 2011 1:52 PM (in response to pasha25)
I am having exact the same problems (on this Spotlight / Time Machine thing) as you are having. But I'm not willing to delete my backup and make a new one.
Could you please post those terminal commands that Apple Support gave you in this topic?