"Indexing media" problem.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by hanzon, May 15, 2009.

  1. hanzon macrumors newbie

    May 14, 2009
    For months, everytime I click spotlight it says "Indexing media" and it won't let me put anything in my media, or open anything because it just crashed my computer and says "application not responding"

    It started doing this out of the blue, I never did any updates or changed anything to my knowledge.

    How do I stop it doing this and get it back to normal? is there any way? I don't even know what "Indexing media" means.

    Thanks a lot, any help much appreciated. I only have a basic knowledge of computers so please speak in the simplest way possible, thank you!
  2. Rhalliwell1 macrumors 6502a

    May 22, 2008
    What is Media? Do you have an external drive called Media?
  3. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    Check your activity monitor, which is in the Utilities folder, in the Applications folder. Is the mdworker process using 100% of CPU time, or close to it? You're not alone in this "runaway mdworker" problem. Sometimes, rebooting the Mac cures this problem, so you may want to try that first. If that doesn't work, disconnect all non-essential devices (basically, everything connected to FireWire/USB ports except the keyboard and mouse), and restart again. If the problem doesn't recur, then the cause is one of your external devices.

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