Lion won't index external hard drive.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ludayoda, Jun 21, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    New mac user here. Running latest Lion (10.7.4) on a Macbook pro. I have Paragon NTFS installed, and reading/writing to NTFS volumes has worked fine. However, I am having an issue with spotlight on my external hard drive (500 gb, NTFS formatted). It simply does not work. Searching my internal main hd works fine.

    I have tried several suggested solutions to this problem already. This includes adding and removing the hard drive from the privacy tab of spotlight. I also tried several terminal commands that I found online such as "sudo mdutil -E" and "sudo mdutil -i on". These all indicate that indexing on my external drive is in fact on. Spotlight does not seem to be indexing the drive. HOWEVER it does return results for folders that I have opened. Seems kind of strange. Doesn't help me much, as I am not about to open 1000's of folders and files just so they can be found through spotlight.

    Any suggestions to fix this?
     
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    GGJstudios

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    You can not index a NTFS drive, see this thread for more information:
    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=679451
     
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    GGJstudios

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  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Haha okay that settles it then. Won't waste any more time with this. Guess I will just have to use a third party search tool. Any suggestions for a good one? Thanks for the help!
     
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