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  • mtqp Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have same issue, It's an issue with spotlight. I called Apple, they disabled my spotlight (after 5 calls) and Time Machine now works perfect

  • Joshua305 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I just got off of the phone with applecare.  They are now describing the spotlight pproblem (after confering with tier 2) as a known bug.  They are supposedly working on a fix.

  • myOpninions Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I can confirm that after upgrade to 10.7.5 backup speed went down to the order of kB/hour. I found this hint on the web to stop spotlight. It helped perfectly but of course is not a permanent fix.

    Stop spotlight by entering in the terminal:

    sudo launchctl unload -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/

    Start sportlight (after the backup) with

    sudo launchctl load -w /System/Library/LaunchDaemons/


    Backup went back to full speed with spotlight turned off

  • JackPot62 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    They do not read these threads? And who delets too critical postings?

  • James Rothschild Level 1 Level 1 (55 points), how is your searching in Outlook 2011 now Spotight is off ?

  • metalman213 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have tried searching in Outlook. But I also have to say the command prompt to trun off Spotlight didnt work to speed up TM. I had to use a program

  • Chelsea22 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    wow! fantastic! the sudo thing... great!!!

  • Odi1972 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I have the same problem.

    Yesterday it took an hour and half to back up 4 GB of data.

  • James Rothschild Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    @metalman213did you manage to search Outlook 2010 for Mac then ?

    Mine broke when Spotlight went off:-(

  • opt03 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Got the same problem. I think I have a record for the slowest Spotlight indexing – 27 years. TimeMachine backups work fine after disabling Spotlight.


    I'm also experiencing a lot of sudden system freezes and lockups since updating to 10.7.5. Hope Apple releases a patch soon.



  • twillem Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Download and work around "Chronosync" for $ 40 dollars and the problems are solved.


    Obviously the next issue to improve your Mac, without having Apple involved.









  • Joshua305 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Solves Time Machine issue but is not a fix for spotlight not working correctly.

  • Bakerchief Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks John,


    I'm going to wait a couple more days to see if Apple comes up with a fix for this fiasco. I may eventually move to ML, once I'm sure it is stable enough. I'm working overseas in India and there is very little in the way of Apple support here so I have to be careful with any upgrades.


    In retrospect, it was a big mistake upgrading to 10.7.5 so fast. I've learned an invaluable lesson here. Wait to see the outcome and follow these threads more closely before taking the plunge.

  • James Rothschild Level 1 Level 1 (55 points)

    Joshua305 & others ...


    I agree, this not really a solution for all version and situations ...


    I have tried all the fixes on a range of Macs (I run a Mac Support business) and none of them are full fixes.


    I have also tested with OS X Server installs; over-installing 10.7 and upgrading to 10.7.4 = still not perfect for speed and TM. System still screwed, only a full wipe, install rebuild will do. Upgrading to OSX Server 10.7.5 and applying thses fixes still has issues. osx_10-7-5_issues_02.png

    And as I mentioned earlier,, the SpotLight issue effects other programs too, most notably and most often uses; Microsoft Outlook cannot search anymore :-(


    Our only solution for the mo,ent is to try and get SpotLOught to actually turn off. Some systems are damaged and do not easily receive the SpotLight Terminal commands mentioned on thos thread.

    We have managed to use CockTail sucessfully though.

    So we are leaving SpotLight and TimeMachone off, and using CCCloner incremental timed every 6 hours to external HD's.

    Even then the systems has issues with speed, opening windows & dialogue boxes (in varying degree's)


    Expect to see protests outside Apple Stores and this issue on the International News methinks :-(

  • Nick M. Level 2 Level 2 (235 points)

    Same issue. This NEEDS a fix. Completely ridiculous...

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