Can't Search External Drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Melodeath, May 12, 2010.

  1. Melodeath macrumors 6502a

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    I'm in OSX 10.6.3. New mac user. I have an external hard drive connected to my new macbook pro through USB. I am able to read and access the files on this NTFS drive perfectly fine. However, I am unable to search the drive using Spotlight. Simply, no results show up, even for files that are obviously on the drive. How do I get OSX to allow me to search this drive?

    Thanks
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    As Mac OS X can't natively write to NTFS formatted volumes, it can't create a Spotlight index, which is saved on the external HDD. I haven't had an NTFS formatted HDD in years, so I don't know, if NTFS-2G could help you with that, as NTFS-3G gives Mac OS X NTFS write capability.
    http://macntfs-3g.blogspot.com/ - the free version is the second from the top, somewhere in the middle of the website.

    MRoogle search results on NTFS Spotlight search
     

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