Impotent Spotlight

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dpaanlka, Aug 15, 2006.

  1. dpaanlka macrumors 601

    dpaanlka

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    #1
    After replacing my hard drive in my PowerBook with a bigger, faster one, I did a disk restore from my old drive to the new one via Disk Utility.

    Now spotlight doesn't seem to work at all. No searching, no indexing (even after deleting the index file)... no nothing.

    Any thoughts?
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    Did you try to manually re-index it?
     
  3. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    Done how?
     
  4. apunkrockmonk macrumors 6502a

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    The only way I've heard of doing it is to drag the drive to the privacy tab, then back out again.

    It should then start reindexing the drive.
     
  5. iGary Guest

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    Drag the drive into the privacy tab, then back out or open Terminal and type this command:

    sudo mdutil -E /
     
  6. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    My drive refuses to be added to the privacy tab!

    What the heck!??!?
     
  7. iGary Guest

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    So you opened the Spotlight preferences, hit the privacy tab, dragged and dropped the drive in the space to add it and nothing?

    Did you try it in Terminal?
     
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  9. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    Yup... bothing using the add (+) button, and also by dragging it in from the desktop. No response at all.

    How do I do that?

    No
     
  10. NinjaMonkey macrumors regular

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    Onyx will also do a reindex of Spotlight if you don't feel comfortable in the terminal.
     
  11. dpaanlka thread starter macrumors 601

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    OnyX doesn't help either. I can't believe Spotlight literally just stopped working on my PowerBook and nothing seems to be fixing it. First real problem ever for me in OS X, after all these years.

    Searching in Finder windows also does not work.

    I'd rather not have to re-install the entire OS, but it looks like it's heading that way :(
     

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