Currently Being ModeratedSep 22, 2012 1:35 PM (in response to qaesar)
Drag your Macintosh HD from the desktop to the privacy pane in System Preferences > Spotlight. Then press the minus button (lower-left hand corner) to begin indexing.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 25, 2012 1:44 PM (in response to hpr3)
I have the same problem and I have already tried this but does not solve, neither with the utility Onyx.
Besides my MacBook becomes slower after each update!
Currently Being ModeratedSep 25, 2012 1:48 PM (in response to qaesar)
This is a problem with OS X 10.7.5: time machine slow in 10.7.5
One reply has a screenshot estimating 3 years to complete a Spotlight index.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 25, 2012 4:29 PM (in response to qaesar)
Same thing here on 3 iMacs: late 2009, mid 2010 and mid 2012. Each one froze while backing up. Started to back up shortly after upgrading to 10.7.5 then froze. I removed drive and tried with another computer --- same thing happened. After the first computer failed, I went on and repeated the process with other 2 all with the same results. Called AppleCare to let them know about problem. They said the engineers were aware of the problem. When I asked if the tech had any personal experience, he said yes with his computer. I asked how he fixed his and he said he didn't yet. So I too encourage anyone with the problem to take the time to call Apple so they understand the magnitude of this problem. I spent a total of 5 or 6 hours messing with this and finally unplugged the backup drive and will resort to drag and drop my documents folder a couple of times a week on my portable drive until they figure it out.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 25, 2012 4:38 PM (in response to qaesar)
Same for me too. Lasts 2-3-4 weeks for reindex ~180 Gb of data on 7200RPM HDD
And too bad that no Apple reaction yet while very meny suffer from the same issue.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 25, 2012 6:51 PM (in response to qaesar)
I too had this problem. Spotlight kept stating that it will take 3 days to finish and never actually finished. After trying many suggestions from different Apple support threads, I finally figured out which file was the culprit for my system.
Try going to your user preferences folder ~username/Library/preferences. If you have a file named "com.apple.spotlight.plist.lockfile", remove it. Then reboot and try indexing again.
Spotlight then began to execute normally and within a couple hours, indexed my 1TB drive.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2012 2:05 AM (in response to qaesar)
I have the same problem after updating on 10.7.5, too. Hope Apple will fix this asap, cause I can't do any time machine backups any longer and I need my macbook 13" (late 2009) for work!
After reindexing like dexcribed above (in spotlight tool), checking the HDD and repair all bad entries and making PRAM reset, nothiung helped. I got 25 Weeks of indexing time....
Apple have massive problems with their software at the moment, also with iOS6 !
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2012 2:20 AM (in response to joseffromgescher)
but not only "weeks" i got 7 month, very funny ..
yesterday i spoke with applecare, beside some terminal commands witch did'nt help they had no idea.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 26, 2012 3:32 AM (in response to Sascha H-K)
Just read this ...
Good luck ...
Currently Being ModeratedSep 28, 2012 1:04 AM (in response to qaesar)
Best way is to go back to 10.7.4, the latest update 10.7.5 isn't working fine: start up problems, slow TimeMachine, constant indexing Spotlight...
Replace the older system with TimeMachine and everything's working okay.
Currently Being ModeratedSep 28, 2012 1:08 AM (in response to Dimaxum)
thank you, in the meantime i dissabled spotlight with "tinkertool system" ..
Currently Being ModeratedSep 28, 2012 1:24 AM (in response to Radioheld)
how to downgrade from 10.7.5 to 10.7.4 ?
thanks for advice
Currently Being ModeratedSep 28, 2012 1:38 AM (in response to qaesar)
Start up your machine with cmd-R on your keyboard (don't forget TimeMachine!), then choose 'replace older system with TM' and choose your latest working OSX-system-date... iMac will do the rest, and later you can replace documents/mail/... with TM. Good Luck!