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Old Jan 17, 2008, 05:10 AM   #1
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Stop Spotlight Indexing

Is there a way to stop Spotlight indexing everytime I restart?

I use Bootcamp so I'm constantly swapping from Leopard to Windows and when I get into leopard, Spotlight indexes and the computer is slow until it finishes.

Any ideas?
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Old Jan 17, 2008, 07:40 PM   #2
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It shouldn't need to index after a restart. Have you left it alone so it completely indexes your drive or do you keep interrupting it?
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Old Mar 18, 2008, 08:44 AM   #3
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I have the same problem on Leopard/Bootcamp. Everytime I restart into OS X, it indexes and slows down for half minute...
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Old Feb 21, 2009, 12:25 PM   #4
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I've just noticed this same problem with external drives. I don't remember it happening before. I can let spotlight index and finish, eject the drive, plug it right back in and it goes through the whole indexing process all over again. This is really ridiculous.

I've searched around some and don't see any solutions. On the apple discussion forums, there's a solution for permanently turning off spotlight on an external volume. See here:
http://discussions.apple.com/thread....sageID=8977265

... but I don't really want to turn it off, sometimes I want to search my external drives! Anyone got any other help on this one?
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Old Feb 21, 2009, 03:38 PM   #5
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Got fed up of mine doing that, so I disabled spotlight.
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Old Mar 12, 2010, 02:58 AM   #6
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found this solution:

Prevent Spotlight Indexing

Sometimes you don't want your Spotlight to index some parts of your Mac, e.g. your backup drive. If that's the case, you can set up your Spotlight to prevent searching in several locations. This setting can be performed under System Preferences ▸ Spotlight ▸ Privacy. Adding that particular folder into the pane provided will result in Spotlight stop indexing that folder.

http://www.usingmac.com/2008/5/9/spotlight-indexing
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Old Mar 12, 2010, 03:39 AM   #7
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here is a video tutorial how to stop Spotlight indexing.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qAZv0g8qpvk
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Old May 6, 2012, 06:29 AM   #8
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After trying numerous fixes, I found a working solution for me here:
http://guidovanoorschot.nl/how-to-fi...mac-os-x-lion/
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