Prevent Spotlight from Searching the Windows Partition

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by CDN, Jul 30, 2006.

  1. CDN macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2006
    Hi everyone,

    I have a MBP on which I created a Windows partition (NTFS format) for use with a few applications that don't yet run on intel-based Macs.

    I find that Spotlight will not only search the Mac HD volume, but also the Windows Volume, which can be somehwat confusing when searching for files associated with applications which are installed on both volumes (e.g. Thunderbird).

    Does anyone know how to prevent Spotlight from searching a Windows partition?

    Many thanks,
  2. Benjamindaines macrumors 68030


    Mar 24, 2005
    A religiously oppressed state
    Go into System Preferences > Spotlight > Privacy and add the volume to there.
  3. CDN thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2006
    Tried that, but it doesn't seem to work. When I add another element to the privacy list, highlight the Windows volume, and then hit "Choose", nothing happens, and the volume is not added to the list.
  4. weldon macrumors 6502a


    May 22, 2004
    Denver, CO
    This thread has a solution (and almost the exact same title as this thread).
  5. CDN thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 27, 2006
    thanks for the link . . . I did do a search in the forum for previous threads on this problem (figuring it had to be reasonably common), but managed to miss that one.
  6. Kingsly macrumors 68040


    It doesn't help us using FAT32 though. I hosed Windows media player in windows while trying to remove all traces from my Mac partition.
    Darned spotlight.

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