1 Reply Latest reply: May 21, 2012 5:51 AM by a brody
SynapticSage Level 1 Level 1

I think the title says it all, but to elaborate — if I re-index the files on my harddrive, I was wondering if the indexing algorithm index my files more efficiently, perhaps due to the added freedom of not having to assimilate into an existing file lookup table.


I have bagillions of science monographs in my file system, and spotlight now takes tens of seconds to find stuff.


Sorry if the question is obvious. Operating and file systems are not my forté.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • a brody Level 9 Level 9
    Classic Mac OS

    Reindexing can help if it is completed can help, as long as the hard drive isn't too full*:


    And you have not used any programs that affect caches, or change firewall settings, or automatic backup, or automatic virus detection.  These background programs will always adversely affect your speed.

    If content search is not necessary, and just file name search is, you may want to consider Find Any File instead of using Spotlight or Find File search.