Getting spotlight to NOT search my external drive

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by adk, Jan 8, 2006.

  1. adk macrumors 68000

    adk

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    #1
    I have an external hard drive partitioned into a backup clone and Mass data storage. Whenever I search for things and the drive is on, two copies of each item come up due to the backup, and if i'm not paying attention I open some apps from the backup drive which is sloowwwww. Is there a way to tell backup not to search my backup partition?
     
  2. mjstew33 macrumors 601

    mjstew33

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    #2
    I'm not 100% positive because I don't have a drive to test it on at the moment, but, couldn't it be somewhere around Apple>System Preferences>Spotlight?

    Is there an option for something there?
     
  3. kiwi-in-uk macrumors 6502a

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    #3
    Yes - under "Privacy" you can prevent Spotlight from searching specific folders or disks
     
  4. stevietheb macrumors 6502a

    stevietheb

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    There was some concern a while back, if I remember correctly, about how Spotlight would forget these settings after a drive was ejected. Therefore, the next time it was mounted, Spotlight would index it. I don't know if this has been fixed. If it hasn't, then search versiontracker.com for an app called Spotless.
     

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