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Spotlight will not index new hard drive

622 Views 2 Replies Latest reply: Nov 29, 2012 7:57 AM by ApolloDelta RSS
kevofoz Calculating status...
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Sep 13, 2012 12:09 AM

Hi All,

A week ago I had the drive in my MBP replaced. The old drive was 250GB, the new drive is 500GB. Disk was replaced as the original disc was failing SMART test because of i/o errors on disk.


I have put 48GB of data back on the MBP from a clone of the original disc made with Carbon Copy Cloner. After 5 days I still could not use Spotlight on the MBP because it was still rebuilding the index.


I dragged the drive into the "Privacy" area in System Preferences and then clicked "-" button to delete whatever had been indexed, hoping it would start again. I left the MBP on but did not use it for 24+ hours to let Spotlight build the index.


When I click on Spotlight icon in menu bar of MBP I get the same dialogue box advusing Spotlight is indexing the data.

Spotlight will not even provide the estimated time to complete the re-bulilding of the index.


OS X 10.6.8 is installed on the MBP. Apple reinstalled this after replacing the drive. I put the data and 3rd party software back on the machine.

Everything else works fine, the machine does get a bit warmer and the fans kick in more often than before the disc was replaced.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Spotlight, internal hard drive
  • kimonfromcorte madera Calculating status...
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    Sep 30, 2012 11:07 AM (in response to kevofoz)

    I discovered the same problem with Spotlight.  It has nothing to do with your hardwared.  There is a bug in the latest OS release that occured on 9/1/9/12 for both Lion (upgrading to 10.7.5) and Mountain Lion (upgrading to 10.8.2).


    I spent the better part of 3 days with Senior Advisors trying to troubleshoot the issue, including verifying and repairing disk permissions, repair disk in Recovery mode and even a fresh install of Lion.  I don't know why so few senior advisors are aware of it, but the senior engineers said there were at least 50 calls about this problem on Friday, 9/28/12 alone.


    FYI - This also renders Time Machine useless if you're running 10.7.5, not sure about 10.8.2 since I still use Lion.  Do not erase your backups trying to troubleshoot your external backup drive as I did, because now I have no backup.


    Apple's current recommendation is to run Software Updates every day to catch the firmware release, but that's all they're saying at this point.  Keep your fingers crossed that we don't have to wait for another release.

  • ApolloDelta Calculating status...

    I have a Mac  Power and a Macbook.

    The Macbok is great, and indexes perfectly.

    The MacPower has 2 cpu's and 2 HD's, plenty of Ram; but is much slower.

    The only files that it will find in spotlight are:





    no other files are found which means that I have to do a manual search.

    Hate to say it but Apple is loosing a lot of quality points!


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