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Spotlight not indexing after hard drive replaced

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nic34 Calculating status...
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Dec 7, 2012 8:52 PM

Hi all


Just wondering if anyone knows how to encourage Spotlight to re-index? Just had my hard drive replaced as part of the recall, and now Spotlight wont index anything.


I've tried previous suggestions (adding and removing hard drive to privacy list, commands through terminal etc), but it's still not working.  All the software is up to date (10.7.5).


Any ideas?  It's incredibly annoying, and making working on this computer virtually impossible at the moment.



iMac, 10.7.5
  • Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (107,650 points)
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    Dec 7, 2012 10:27 PM (in response to nic34)

    If you have more than one user account, these instructions must be carried out as an administrator.


    Launch the Console application in any of the following ways:


    ☞ Enter the first few letters of its name into a Spotlight search. Select it in the results (it should be at the top.)


    ☞ In the Finder, select Go Utilities from the menu bar, or press the key combination shift-command-U. The application is in the folder that opens.


    ☞ Open LaunchPad. Click Utilities, then Console in the icon grid.


    Step 1


    Make sure the title of the Console window is All Messages. If it isn't, select All Messages from the SYSTEM LOG QUERIES menu on the left.


    Enter "mdworker" (without the quotes) in the Filter text field. Post the most recent 50 or so messages that appear in the Console window — the text, please, not a screenshot.


    If there are runs of repeated messages, post only one example of each. Don't post many repetitions of the same message.


    When posting a log extract, be selective. Don't post more than is requested.

    Please do not indiscriminately dump thousands of lines from the log into a message.


    Some personal information, such as the names of your files, may be included — edit that out, too, but don’t remove the context.


    Step 2


    Do the same with the search string "mds".


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