Impotent Spotlight

dpaanlka

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After replacing my hard drive in my PowerBook with a bigger, faster one, I did a disk restore from my old drive to the new one via Disk Utility.

Now spotlight doesn't seem to work at all. No searching, no indexing (even after deleting the index file)... no nothing.

Any thoughts?
 

iGary

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dpaanlka said:
After replacing my hard drive in my PowerBook with a bigger, faster one, I did a disk restore from my old drive to the new one via Disk Utility.

Now spotlight doesn't seem to work at all. No searching, no indexing (even after deleting the index file)... no nothing.

Any thoughts?
Did you try to manually re-index it?
 

iGary

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dpaanlka said:
My drive refuses to be added to the privacy tab!

What the heck!??!?
So you opened the Spotlight preferences, hit the privacy tab, dragged and dropped the drive in the space to add it and nothing?

Did you try it in Terminal?
 

dpaanlka

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iGary said:
So you opened the Spotlight preferences, hit the privacy tab, dragged and dropped the drive in the space to add it and nothing?
Yup... bothing using the add (+) button, and also by dragging it in from the desktop. No response at all.

iGary said:
Did you try it in Terminal?
How do I do that?

projectle said:
Are you running OS X Server?
No
 

dpaanlka

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OnyX doesn't help either. I can't believe Spotlight literally just stopped working on my PowerBook and nothing seems to be fixing it. First real problem ever for me in OS X, after all these years.

Searching in Finder windows also does not work.

I'd rather not have to re-install the entire OS, but it looks like it's heading that way :(