Is it possible to expand Spotlight's search parameters?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ARF900, Jan 9, 2013.

  1. ARF900 macrumors 65816


    Oct 30, 2009
    I get that Apple wants to make it really difficult to find anything that's not in your user folder, but is there anyway to force spotlight to search the entire HDD?

    Or is there an app that does this? I'm on 10.7

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    You can use Finder to search your entire drive. Spotlight won't return search results from system or library folders.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    I use the app iFileX for this. Free and by default searches the entire drive.

    Finder will do this also but you have to jump through some hoops to make it work.

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