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Old May 10, 2013, 04:46 PM   #1
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help using Finder...

very beginner here

attached my usual external HD to my brand new RMBP, I can see the files and open them, but if I look for a file (I am sure about the name!) it doesnt find anything...I am sure I checked "search in this MY PASSPORT" instead of THIS MAC

i am sure I am missing something...
thanks in advance

and btw it's NTFS formatted...
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Old May 10, 2013, 08:04 PM   #2
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very beginner here

attached my usual external HD to my brand new RMBP, I can see the files and open them, but if I look for a file (I am sure about the name!) it doesnt find anything...I am sure I checked "search in this MY PASSPORT" instead of THIS MAC

i am sure I am missing something...
thanks in advance

and btw it's NTFS formatted...
Finder uses Spotlight metadata to produce results.

Check out the mdutil command in Terminal to turn indexing on or off and print indexing status.

Code:
Aldebaran:~ test$ mdutil 
Usage: mdutil -pEsa -i (on|off) volume ...
	Utility to manage Spotlight indexes.
	-p		Publish metadata.
	-i (on|off)	Turn indexing on or off.
	-E		Erase and rebuild index.
	-s		Print indexing status.
	-a		Apply command to all volumes.
	-v		Display verbose information.

Aldebaran:~ test$ mdutil -vs /Volumes/LeopardFirewire
/:
	Indexing enabled.
	Scan base time: 2013-05-04 05:56:55 +0200 (35487 seconds ago), reasoning: 'scan not required - avoided catchup scan'
Example :

Code:
mdutil -s /Volumes/MY\ PASSPORT
mdutil -i on /Volumes/MY\ PASSPORT
You can also check if your external HD is in the privacy tab of Spotlight in System Preferences.
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Old May 11, 2013, 03:44 AM   #3
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thanks
i did what u suggested

Last login: Sat May 11 09:36:27 on ttys000
MacBook-Pro-di-Lorenzo:~ lorenzo$ mdutil -s /Volumes/MY\ PASSPORT
/Volumes/My Passport:
Indexing enabled.
MacBook-Pro-di-Lorenzo:~ lorenzo$

but nothing changed...
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Old May 11, 2013, 03:50 AM   #4
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just to give u an idea
here are two pics
1 where u see folder content and can see a folder name
2 where you see spotlight didnt find it
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Old May 11, 2013, 03:57 AM   #5
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might it be related to the NTFS stuff?
as far as i read, you can access but you cant modify files from Mac, unless you have a specific software installed
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Old May 11, 2013, 09:51 AM   #6
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might it be related to the NTFS stuff?
as far as i read, you can access but you cant modify files from Mac, unless you have a specific software installed
Yes, that is the problem. You can read but not write to an NTFS drive (unless you add NTFS writing software like Paragon). NTFS drives are not indexed by Spotlight regardless.
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