Spotlight randomly indexes... ?

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  1. stoid macrumors 601

    stoid

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    I've not had this problem, but I don't think that you would be accidentally throwing the index out. It's in an invisible folder named .V100-Spotlight or something like that located in the root directory of the indexed drive.
     
  2. Jigglelicious macrumors 6502

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    Just curious, but how exactly do you know when your Tiger is indexing the HDD? Even on a fresh install, I can see no indication of when this is taking place.
     
  3. James Philp macrumors 65816

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    A little symbol in the magnifying glass fades in and out. If you click on it while this is happening you get a message saying "indexing" or summit.
     
  4. mattster16 macrumors 6502a

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    This has happened to me on my PB. It happened after I had to force it to turn off after it froze completely. It then refused to boot up a few times and then when it finally did it started indexing. I thought it was because my hard drive is failing, but since you had the same problem I'm starting to wonder.

    Did you, proir to indexing, force a shutdown or have trouble booting?
     
  5. MarksEvilTwin thread starter macrumors regular

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  6. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    It would be really hard to do that from the Finder. That stuff is in dot-prefixed files at the top of a drive's directory, and therefore hidden.

    If something happened during shutdown and the files appeared to be in a bad state, Spotlight may well have worked from the assumption that they were corrupt, and went ahead and rebuilt.
     
  7. MarksEvilTwin thread starter macrumors regular

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