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  • SydVideo Calculating status...
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    Aug 8, 2012 6:15 AM (in response to Vance Jackson)

    This perplexed and annoyed me for a long time...as i have over 35 external drives for all my HD Video.

     

    I just purchased a new MBPro with Retina - so I cannot roll-back the OS to SL which is a much better OS - HOWEVER - this worked for me:

     

    Under Spotlight in preferences:

    1. Slelect the external drive that is not being indexed, and set it to PRIVATE - so that Spotlight does not index it (which it isn't doing anyway).

     

    2. THEN - close out preferences

     

    3. Then reopen preferences and go back to Spotlight Preferences and turn-off Privacy on the external drive.

     

    4. Close out preferences.

     

    This must make it re-see the drive and Index it. The spotlight magnifying glass in the top right will then indicate it is indexing.

     

    It will then Index the drive - without resorting to command line. It now works as it did on previous OS!

     

    Hope it works for all the other drives and does not replace the indexing when i move it to one of my other SL computers...

  • ZiggyPain Calculating status...
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    Aug 9, 2012 3:48 AM (in response to SydVideo)

    SydVideo,

     

    Are your external drives hard-wired (Thunderbolt, FireWire, USB) to your MBP or are the network drives? If they are network drives, are you connecting through AFP or SMB? I could believe your resolution would work for hard-wired drives but not network drives, though I would be thrilled to hear it's working for latter?

  • UmpaEG Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Aug 21, 2012 8:45 PM (in response to Vance Jackson)

    I have had nothing but trouble tryng to search my NAS'

     

    Nothing works consistantly, sure when you know where the file is and you mess around long enough it will find it but always lets you down when you need it the most.  As I add more NAS and they get bigger, having an efective search is a must.

     

    I have given up on spotlite its absolute crud, I simply can't rely on it to find my stuff. I now use a small app called easy find which finds my files in a blink of an eye.

     

    This reminds me of the old Amiga days, when the OS had nothing in it, and was all 3rd party programs.

     

    Mountain Lion (which I use) is the same, looks like they used the same buggy code from that.

     

    As a funny side note - running windows in a VM finds files on the NAS ok,

     

    PS.

    And its the same for me no matter what system is used SMB or AFP - Search NAS = heart ache !

  • SydVideo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 21, 2012 9:16 PM (in response to ZiggyPain)

    Ziggy

     

    Sorry - should have mentioned - these are direct wired rather than NAS. NAS on my macs have always been an issue.

     

    Lion on the Retina has been a nightmare and going to do a clean install again - recommended by the Genius at the Apple Store (which takes about 2 days with all my video software) - not sure if I should go Mountain Lion - but I do not want to reward Apple by buying a newer product because their existing product cannot do the job as advertised. This is the same reason why i dont buy anymore Microsft products...

     

    I will get back onto this post if i have any answers when I try my NAS.

     

    D

  • Mojo66 Calculating status...
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    Aug 22, 2012 4:10 AM (in response to SydVideo)

    You own a multi thousand dollar retina macbook pro and mess around with Lion because you don't want to give Apple $16 for an OS that would probably solve your problem? That's hilariuos.

  • SydVideo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 22, 2012 4:28 AM (in response to Mojo66)

    Mojo

     

    Valid point re the $16. If the 'Genious' couldnt resolve the problems on an OS he should have over a year's experience with - i would not be sure how he would go on a new OS.  (he even took the MBP out back to get more advice).

     

    From my experience with the number of apps i run on my macs, each OS upgrade brakes things -as i use it in the field - i cannot afford to not have it working. I have Snow Leapard on my desktop and it is rock solid. I have lots of legacy apps (eg Sorenson, VMWare with an old version of Windows etc) that i still need to work (and dont work on Lion even). Using a new OS - until it is tested by the community in the video business is always a mistake.

     

    But yes - $16 is nothing - the time to do a proper clean install of all my apps is almost the cost of the computer. I will wait to see the community feedback on Mtn Lion. The community do the testing now - like Windows - in the old days Apple used to test their software.

  • UmpaEG Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Aug 22, 2012 5:55 AM (in response to Mojo66)

    Not to be rude, but if you had read my post not 2 before your post you would know that Mountain Lion does *NOT* fix this issue. Search is crap on a non internal Hard drive using Lion & Mountain Lion.

  • UmpaEG Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Aug 22, 2012 5:58 AM (in response to SydVideo)

    You Said  "The community do the testing now - like Windows - in the old days Apple used to test their software."

     

    Apple select various people of various skills to beta test their software.  The problem is sometimes Apple have hidden agendas and simply do not act upon what the testers tell them. Sometimes they can't reproduce the bug.

     

    Other times a bug is found to late to fix because of promised launch dates, I would rather Apple be late than launch buggy code - but then again I am errr let me think - yep thats it NO ONE !! lol.

  • Mojo66 Level 1 Level 1 (50 points)
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    Aug 22, 2012 6:04 AM (in response to UmpaEG)

    just for the record: ML did solve my problems, as I wrote earlier:

     

     

    open terminal, type mdutil /Volumes/Shared -i on

  • SydVideo Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Aug 22, 2012 6:21 AM (in response to Mojo66)

    Mojo - Glad ML did solve your issue. My external drives were not NAS - so found ways around the search function. I am having issues with Quicktime 7,  legacy CODECs, random glitches - but that is a post for another forum.

     

    Cheers.

  • UmpaEG Level 1 Level 1 (25 points)
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    Aug 22, 2012 6:28 AM (in response to Mojo66)

    The command mdutil /Volumes/Shared -i on - has nothing to do with Mountain Lion, and its not a solution its a Kludge at best.

     

    Take a look here http://dockthirteen.wordpress.com/2011/08/24/spotlight-index-broken-on-os-x-lion /

     

    Search in Lion and Mountain Lion is broken, all you have done is applied a tempory solution.  You may as well installed the free app easy find from the MAS and mark is a solved lol

  • LostAccount Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Aug 22, 2012 6:27 PM (in response to UmpaEG)

    The command mdutil /Volumes/Shared -i on - has nothing to do with Mountain Lion

    The command is actually sudo mdutil -i on /Volumes/Name of your drive here

     

    In my case I have a drive connected to my airport extreme titled "Movies" so my command would be:

    sudo mdutil -i on /Volumes/Movies

     

    After typing the command this litte baby shows up:

     

    Screen Shot 2012-08-23 at 3.21.58 AM.png

     

    I can also search the drive after it's done and yes it finds things.

     

    I tried this in Lion and Mountain Lion. The URL you quoted is about one year old.

  • Rick Fernandez1 Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)
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    Aug 22, 2012 7:01 PM (in response to LostAccount)

    This may work for a while, but if I log out or restart, this goes away. I hate that even in ML I still can't search my NAS. Ridiculous.

    BTW, I'm subscribed to this discussion. When I get an email from Apple after someone posts here, it tells me

    Did this help? Go to the message, sign in, and reply .

    I click on that link and it takes me to the sign in page. I sign in and it doesn't take me, as one might expect, to this discussion but to the main Discussions page. It's ridiculous too. Why doesn't the sign in take me to the very discussion I want to reply to?


  • LostAccount Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Aug 22, 2012 7:04 PM (in response to Rick Fernandez1)

    Did this help? Go to the message, sign in, and reply .

    I click on that link and it takes me to the sign in page. I sign in and it doesn't take me, as one might expect, to this discussion but to the main Discussions page. It's ridiculous too. Why doesn't the sign in take me to the very discussion I want to reply to?

     

    I completely agree with you…

  • LostAccount Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)
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    Aug 22, 2012 7:06 PM (in response to Rick Fernandez1)

    This may work for a while, but if I log out or restart, this goes away. I hate that even in ML I still can't search my NAS. Ridiculous.

    BTW, I'm subscribed to this discussion. When I get an email from Apple after someone posts here, it tells me

    When I have an opportunity I will restart my mac to verify your experience. I will test it by searching first and noting the results of the search. Then I will restart followed by the same search.

     

    I will report back but I won't test until tomorrow.

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