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qaesar Level 1 Level 1



Spotlight is not indexing after 10.7.5. update, please fisx this, it is unacceptable.


Reinstalled fresh, same result !


The problem persists on 2 MB and 1 iMac !


Cmon, Guys ! :-(

Mac OS X (10.7)
  • hpr3 Level 5 Level 5

    Drag your Macintosh HD from the desktop to the privacy pane in System Preferences > Spotlight. Then press the minus button (lower-left hand corner) to begin indexing.

  • Antonio Moro Level 1 Level 1

    I have the same problem and I have already tried this but does not solve, neither with the utility Onyx.

    Besides my MacBook becomes slower after each update!

  • John Galt Level 8 Level 8

    This is a problem with OS X 10.7.5: time machine slow in 10.7.5


    One reply has a screenshot estimating 3 years to complete a Spotlight index.

  • hpr3 Level 5 Level 5
  • Haasome Level 1 Level 1

    Same thing here on 3 iMacs: late 2009, mid 2010 and mid 2012. Each one froze while backing up. Started to back up shortly after upgrading to 10.7.5 then froze. I removed drive and tried with another computer --- same thing happened. After the first computer failed, I went on and repeated the process with other 2 all with the same results. Called AppleCare to let them know about problem. They said the engineers were aware of the problem. When I asked if the tech had any personal experience, he said yes with his computer. I asked how he fixed his and he said he didn't yet. So I too encourage anyone with the problem to take the time to call Apple so they understand the magnitude of this problem. I spent a total of 5 or 6 hours messing with this and finally unplugged the backup drive and will resort to drag and drop my documents folder a couple of times a week on my portable drive until they figure it out.

  • uplink13 Level 1 Level 1
    Mac OS X

    Same for me too. Lasts 2-3-4 weeks for reindex ~180 Gb of data on 7200RPM HDD

    And too bad that no Apple reaction yet while very meny suffer from the same issue.

  • UwePro Level 1 Level 1

    I too had this problem.  Spotlight kept stating that it will take 3 days to finish and never actually finished.  After trying many suggestions from different Apple support threads, I finally figured out which file was the culprit for my system.


    Try going to your user preferences folder ~username/Library/preferences.  If you have a file named "", remove it. Then reboot and try indexing again.


    Spotlight then began to execute normally and within a couple hours, indexed my 1TB drive.

  • joseffromgescher Level 1 Level 1

    Hi all,


    I have the same problem after updating on 10.7.5, too. Hope Apple will fix this asap, cause I can't do any time machine backups any longer and I need my macbook 13" (late 2009) for work!

    After reindexing like dexcribed above (in spotlight tool), checking the HDD and repair all bad entries and making PRAM reset, nothiung helped. I got 25 Weeks of indexing time....


    Apple have massive problems with their software at the moment, also with iOS6 !

  • Sascha H-K Level 2 Level 2

    same here,


    but not only "weeks" i got 7 month, very funny ..


    yesterday i spoke with applecare, beside some terminal commands witch did'nt help they had no idea.

  • Dimaxum Level 5 Level 5

    Hi Sascha,


    Just read this ...



    Good luck ...



  • Radioheld Level 1 Level 1

    Best way is to go back to 10.7.4, the latest update 10.7.5 isn't working fine: start up problems, slow TimeMachine, constant indexing Spotlight...

    Replace the older system with TimeMachine and everything's working okay.

  • Sascha H-K Level 2 Level 2

    hi Dimaxum,


    thank you, in the meantime i dissabled spotlight with "tinkertool system" ..

  • Sascha H-K Level 2 Level 2

    how to downgrade from 10.7.5 to 10.7.4 ?


    thanks for advice

  • Radioheld Level 1 Level 1

    Start up your machine with cmd-R on your keyboard (don't forget TimeMachine!), then choose 'replace older system with TM' and choose your latest working OSX-system-date... iMac will do the rest, and later you can replace documents/mail/... with TM. Good Luck!

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