"Indexing Volumes"?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Mork, Jul 22, 2010.

  1. Mork macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2009
    How do I find out what the "Indexing Volumes" message is doing with Spotlight?

    All I see is the little dot inside the hour glass and when I hover over it, the message, "Indexing Volumes".

    Is this type of thing normal?


    -- M
  2. Ivan P macrumors 68030

    Ivan P

    Jan 17, 2008
    It's normal if it's a new Mac or you've just reinstalled the OS - it means it's scanning through everything on your computer so that Spotlight can do it's job. It also does it when you plug in an external drive, it scans all the contents so that Spotlight search will show results for that drive too. Unfortunately it doesn't tell you how long is remaining for the indexing (though on a new Mac it can take a little while).

    If this is happening on a Mac that isn't new or hasn't recently had an OS reinstall, then disregard what I said, I have no idea about that :(
  3. Mork thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2009
    Not a new iMac. Had it for months.

    Does that make a difference?

    I guess I should just let it run for as many hours as it needs, eh?

    Seems to stop if I reboot.

    (Confused by this.)

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