I can't get Yosemite to reindex Spotlight..what might i be doing wrong?

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by ToddJ, Apr 1, 2015.

  1. ToddJ macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2008
    Following the instructions on a different post, I have been trying to reindex Spotlight on Yosemite. However, I am stuck now with a "Error: Unknown Indexing State" error. How can i force my iMac to start reindexing everything?
    I tried following instructions from a different post
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    Has your spotlight been botched? IN short, finder relies on spotlight to find things quickly.

    This will take a while (5 or so mins) and make your Mac go into "jump-jet" mode with the fans, but:

    Drop to terminal
    type in sudo rm -rf /.Spotlight-V100
    then sudo rm -rf /.Spotlight-V200
    then sudo mdutil -i off /
    then sudo mdutil -i on /
    finally sudo mdutil -E /

    But it seems that I can stop the indexing, but i can't get it to restart it. Argh! if anyone has any suggestions for me to try, please let me know.
  2. Taz Mangus macrumors 68040

    Taz Mangus

    Mar 10, 2011
    Try rebooting. While rebooting hold done CMD-OPTION-P-R and let it reboot 2 times until you hear a full volume bong.
  3. Toltepeceno Suspended


    Jul 17, 2012
    SMT, Edo MX, MX
    If that doesn't work try going into system preferences, spotlight, privacy then drag your disk in there to put it on the do not index list. Then highlight it and click the minus to remove it out. It then SHOULD start reindexing. It works with an external drive, should with any other.

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