3 Replies Latest reply: Jul 10, 2012 8:10 PM by Angel Llorente
Angel Llorente Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

I use PowerPC G4; run OS X 10.5.8 Leopard.  I just installed a new Hard Drive.  It is a good idea to index the new HD?  How would you go about starting an indexing session?

Power Mac G4 (QuickSilver 2002) Dual, Mac OS X (10.4.11), I also use MacOS 9.2.2
  • evilninjection Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)

    Your computer should automatically start indexing and I'd personally recommend it as it lets you search your HDD very fastly.

  • Neville Hillyer Level 4 Level 4 (1,860 points)

    You may me interested in Find Any File from: http://apps.tempel.org/FindAnyFile/


    Find Any File is a program for Mac OS X that lets you search for files on your disks.


    • Contrary to Spotlight, it does not use a database but instead uses the file system driver's fast search operations, where available. This lets you search for file properties such as name, dates, size, etc, but not for file content (use Spotlight or EasyFind for that).

    • Find Any File can find files that Spotlight doesn't, e.g. those inside bundles and packages and in inside folders that are usually excluded from Spotlight search.

    • Finally, it is quite fast. A search only takes a few seconds on an internal hard disk or SSD. Try for yourself!

    Find Any File doesn't replace Spotlight, but it complements it greatly:


    • If you search for content, such as in e-Mails, PDFs, Word docs etc., use Spotlight.

    • If you search for files by name, size or date, use FAF, as only then you can be sure that everything available is found.
  • Angel Llorente Level 1 Level 1 (35 points)

    Thank you, evilninjection and Neville Hillyer, for your help!!