Does Spotlight work with external harddrives?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Arne, Dec 10, 2006.

  1. Arne macrumors regular

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    #1
    Hello,

    does Spotlight work with external drives such as an external USB-HDD? If it does, will it store the information or will it have to recreate the index of the disk again every time it is plugged in?

    Thanks!
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    #2
    From memory:

    Spotlight should start indexing any external disks that you connect to your Mac. The index-information is stored in a hidden directory called .Spotlight-V100 which is made on the root of every Volume (ie partition) of any disk(s) that's being indexed.

    If the indexing is interrupted before completion, the first time you connect a disk, I think it will have to start all over again, but once finished it will only update the index whenever you re-connect it...
     
  3. 2nyRiggz macrumors 603

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    #3
    It will index and search your External and you won't have to go through the process everytime you mount it.



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