help using Finder...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by lorcar, May 10, 2013.

  1. lorcar macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2013
    very beginner here

    attached my usual external HD to my brand new RMBP, I can see the files and open them, but if I look for a file (I am sure about the name!) it doesnt find anything...I am sure I checked "search in this MY PASSPORT" instead of THIS MAC

    i am sure I am missing something...
    thanks in advance

    and btw it's NTFS formatted...
  2. kryten2, May 10, 2013
    Last edited: May 10, 2013

    kryten2 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 17, 2012
    Finder uses Spotlight metadata to produce results.

    Check out the mdutil command in Terminal to turn indexing on or off and print indexing status.

    Aldebaran:~ test$ mdutil 
    Usage: mdutil -pEsa -i (on|off) volume ...
    	Utility to manage Spotlight indexes.
    	-p		Publish metadata.
    	-i (on|off)	Turn indexing on or off.
    	-E		Erase and rebuild index.
    	-s		Print indexing status.
    	-a		Apply command to all volumes.
    	-v		Display verbose information.
    Aldebaran:~ test$ mdutil -vs /Volumes/LeopardFirewire
    	Indexing enabled.
    	Scan base time: 2013-05-04 05:56:55 +0200 (35487 seconds ago), reasoning: 'scan not required - avoided catchup scan'
    Example :

    mdutil -s /Volumes/MY\ PASSPORT
    mdutil -i on /Volumes/MY\ PASSPORT
    You can also check if your external HD is in the privacy tab of Spotlight in System Preferences.

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  3. lorcar thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2013
    i did what u suggested

    Last login: Sat May 11 09:36:27 on ttys000
    MacBook-Pro-di-Lorenzo:~ lorenzo$ mdutil -s /Volumes/MY\ PASSPORT
    /Volumes/My Passport:
    Indexing enabled.
    MacBook-Pro-di-Lorenzo:~ lorenzo$

    but nothing changed...
  4. lorcar thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2013
    just to give u an idea
    here are two pics
    1 where u see folder content and can see a folder name
    2 where you see spotlight didnt find it

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  5. lorcar thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 2, 2013
    might it be related to the NTFS stuff?
    as far as i read, you can access but you cant modify files from Mac, unless you have a specific software installed
  6. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Yes, that is the problem. You can read but not write to an NTFS drive (unless you add NTFS writing software like Paragon). NTFS drives are not indexed by Spotlight regardless.

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