Mac OS X incapable of searching through NTFS filesystem

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by praetorx, Feb 18, 2012.

  1. praetorx macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
    I have an external HDD formatted as NTFS that I want to search. Spotify doesn't find anything but I'm able to search using the "find" command.
    I also have the Paragon NTFS extension for the Mac but no go.

    Is Mac OS incapable of searching through a NTFS filesystem?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Spotlight (not Spotify) can search NTFS drives. Try re-indexing your drive.

    Spotlight: How to re-index folders or volumes
  3. lamboman macrumors 6502

    Aug 13, 2011
    Spotify? Don't you mean Spotlight? :p

    As for that, for a drive to be searched by Spotlight, it needs to be indexed. To do this, go into Terminal and type the following:
    sudo mdutil -i on /(Volume name)
    Note that if you disconnect the drive, the index will be deleted; you'll need to do this again in order for the drive to be searchable.
  4. praetorx thread starter macrumors regular

    Apr 7, 2010
    Thanks guys, Yes I meant Spotlight, don't know why I said Spotify, I don't even know what that is :)

    I'll try that, thanks a lot!

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