214.5% cpu....wtf is this!?!?!?

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  1. Blondie :) macrumors 6502a

    Blondie :)

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    So, I'm removing files off of my external hard drive (the one that I use for Time Machine Backups) and everything is going fine.

    Out of the blue, I hear my fans start up like a jet taking off of a flight line. But nothing intensive has been running recently, so I decided to investigate.

    I opened activity monitor and...HOLY CHRIST!!! This random process called "mds" is taking up 214.5% of my CPU.

    Does anyone know what in the hell this process does? Please let me know :)

    Here is the photo: http://i1131.photobucket.com/albums/m541/Mitch_Guzman/Screenshot2011-06-19at54243PM.png

    Thanks,
    Mitch Guzman
     
  2. ECUpirate44 macrumors 603

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  3. calderone macrumors 68040

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    That is spotlight. It is indexing. This is normal.
     
  4. Blondie :) thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Indexing what? All of the files that it's going to remove off of my external hard drive?
     
  5. Intell macrumors P6

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    It changes the indexes that each drive has. It is logging the newly added files and removing the files that are no longer on the one drive. I suggest, adding the external drive(s) to Spotlight's Privacy list so it doesn't index them. The Privacy list is in the Spotlight pref pane.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    No, it's indexing drives so when you search, it can find things faster. You can also determine if it's indexing by the Menu Bar icon: [​IMG] (not indexing) [​IMG] (indexing)

    Spotlight: How to re-index folders or volumes
     
  7. Blondie :) thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  9. Blondie :) thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I have 10.6.7 on my machine. Thanks for the post about images btw, it should help out a lot in the future
     
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