1 Reply Latest reply: Jan 26, 2010 12:19 AM by K Shaffer
rosindabow Level 1 Level 1 (125 points)
Spotlight won't stop indexing my internal hard drive. I have many, many drives attached to my system - they are all indexed - spotlight refuses to index my home internal hard drive. It used to work -for about 2 years - this just started out of the blue. I've dragged it into the Privacy window - then re-started. It was still in the Privacy window AND still indexing. I trashed the icon in the Privacy window and restarted again - this time it seemed to begin the index process - but as I watched, the time to completion increased from 7 minutes to 14 to 40 to hours to - "Estimating Index Time" - unending. I've repaired disc permissions - no change - not sure what else to try. Any ideas?

2 x 3.2 GHz Quad-Core Intel Xeon, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 8 GB 800 MHz DDR2 FB-DIMM
  • K Shaffer Level 6 Level 6 (10,560 points)
    You may have to do a little research into how to stop Spotlight indexing.
    There are a few ways and means of doing so; one of them may work.

    Mac OS X 10.5 Help: stop Spotlight indexing - google search results
    http://www.google.com/#hl=en&source=hp&q=MacOS+X+10.5+Help%3A+stop+Spotlight+indexing&btnG=Google+Search&aq=f&aql=&aqi=&oq=M ac+OS+X+10.5+Help%3A+stop+Spotlightindexing&fp=ba0a4630ce98f7da

    Some third party utilities or apps have options that can affect the way
    Spotlight works; a few will force Spotlight to re-index drives. Some
    can be used to disable indexing completely. And some have a fee.

    At times, if the system's own 'repair disk permissions' in the Utilities folder
    won't do a task, you may have to boot the computer from the Installer DVD
    and then in the options menu in the header of Installer, you can choose to
    run Disk Utility; with the computer running from the DVD, there are more
    options. One of them is to 'repair disk' and you can 'repair permissions.'

    Sometimes, even a basic start up in SafeBoot mode (shift key held down
    until login screen appears, then login) and then run the system's Disk
    Utility and repair disk permissions. And when done, quit DU & restart.

    Finding out why something doesn't work correctly may be longer than
    using some other path to see if it can be made to work properly. Some
    of the system logs and files will tell what is going on, but they can be
    hard to read. There are crash logs, and other logs in Console utility in
    the Utilities folder; there may be some in System Profiler's software logs.

    Usually preventative system maintenance, to include using a handy tool
    such as the free running OnyX utility from Titanium Software, can help.

    Titanium Software - OnyX:
    http://www.titanium.free.fr/pgs/english/apps.html

    I have that, and run it once in awhile, in an Automation selection, with
    most of the checkbox options tagged to run; and also have this utility
    set to restart the computer after it is done. This can take awhile to do.

    Good luck & happy computing!