spotlight and search problems

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dorqiekat, Feb 14, 2007.

  1. dorqiekat macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, so before my hardrive crashed, spotlight and search on finder would find everything you typed in (including music files and the folders, for example: if I typed it "Damien Rice" it would find the folder AND the mp3.) But ever since I got my computer back from Apple with a new hardrive, both spotlight and finder will not find the specific search I type in.

    I've tried: repair, verify, and checking off all the categories to search in under spotlight prefs.

    I'm at a lost here. I don't even know what else to try to search, but at the moment, from experimenting, it seems to be just music files.....

    help?

    EDIT: it also cannot find documents
     
  2. lancestraz macrumors 6502a

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    The files you're searching for are still on you HDD, right?
    Maybe you forgot to load everything back on to your new HDD.
     
  3. dorqiekat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yes.
     
  4. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Have you tried re-indexing the spotlight database?

    Go into System Preferences->Spotlight, and make your entire HD private. Then, change it back to no longer be private. This will prompt a re-index. It'll take a few minutes.
     
  5. lancestraz macrumors 6502a

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    In Spotlight's preference pane, (System Preferences>Spotlight) are all the boxes checked?
     
  6. dorqiekat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Okay, it's working on that.

    What about the finder search? Why is this affected in the same way?
     
  7. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Finder search is tied into Spotlight, and they rely on the same database. It just has a different front-end GUI on it.

    Apple.com
     
  8. dorqiekat thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks! Looks like everything is being found :D
     
  9. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Good to hear that it's working.
     

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