How do I Permanently exclude an external disk from Spotlight?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by danny_w, Feb 26, 2008.

  1. danny_w macrumors 601

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    When I mount an external disk, I can add it to the Spotlight privacy pane and all is well; Spotlight will quit indexing the drive. However, if I unmount/mount the drive or reboot/mount the drive, Spotlight starts indexing the drive all over again and I have to add it to the privacy pane again. Is there a way to make Spotlight permanently "forget" an external drive?
     
  2. megatronbomb macrumors regular

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    System Prefs --> Spotlight --> Privacy.

    Add the drive(s) you want to exclude.
     
  3. danny_w thread starter macrumors 601

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    But the problem is that they disappear from that pane when you unmount the drive, and DO NOT reappear when you mount the drive. How can I make it permanent?
     
  4. nods macrumors newbie

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    having the same issues here, any suggestions?
     
  5. NeoMayhem macrumors 6502a

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    I did this before. I think if you just need to make a new file or folder called '.Spotlight-V100' on the drive you dont want searched and set the permission to read only. Delete the existing file of first of course.
     

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