Estimating Index Time

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by lpeedin, Jul 30, 2012.

  1. lpeedin macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2011
    Just completed an upgrade to ML and I was totally dismayed at how slow my system was doing anything. I pressed Cmd-Space to open the activity monitor only to find that Spotlight was hung on "Estimating Index Time". After about 30 minutes of searching here and on the web I determined that this appeared to be a somewhat common problem with other OS X upgrades but no real solution.

    After about 45 minutes of it not progressing at all, I decided to try a shutdown and restart. Took a very long time for the shutdown to complete, but once it did the restart seemed back to its normal time and everything appears to be running OK now.
  2. nightlong macrumors 6502a


    Jun 16, 2012
    What is spotlight indexing actually doing?
  3. lpeedin thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 4, 2011
    Files are indexed on a system so they can be found quickly by Spotlight. Kinda like the index in the back of a text book that lists all the page numbers where a certain word can be found.

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