MacBook Spotlight taking forever to index

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  1. AppleFanatic10, Feb 21, 2012
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    Hi,

    I booted up my macbook and it's taking forever to index, its hasn't taken this long before, what could be the problem? Thanks.
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  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It can take a while (hours), so be patient and let it finish.
     
  3. thegreati macrumors regular

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    Check your activity monitor.. be sure to quit any unused applications.
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you took the time to read the thread, you'd know that won't help, as obviously it's most likely finished indexing by now.
     
  5. thegreati macrumors regular

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  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's not opinion. The OP's post shows 80 minutes remaining to complete indexing. That was over 20 hours ago. You do the math.
     
  7. thegreati macrumors regular

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    I am sorry that is so upsetting to you. I hope you can find a way to move on.
     
  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It's not upsetting, but if you want to contribute something helpful, it's a good idea to actually read the threads that you post in.
     
  9. thegreati macrumors regular

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    Your quote after quote of complaining is hardly helpful, friend. Let it go.
     
  10. pmau macrumors 65816

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    It might be

    that you have installed third-party spotlight plugins, i.e. from Microsoft Office.

    All plugins are trying to index files they might know about.

    If one of these plugins is badly written, they crash and the indexing will start again and loop.

    There are a few command line tools you could use to check wether this is the case:

    a) List available plugins on your system

    mdimport -L

    b) Show the status of the indexing process:

    mdutil -s -a -v

    c) force clean rebuild of the index (after you posted the output of above commands)

    mdutil -a -E

    d) Check /var/log/system.log

    you might look into that file to check for message of spotlight, or mds the importing daemon.
     
  11. NorthDakota91 macrumors member

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    I think that 80 minutes to rebuild a Spotlight index on a normally used machine is quite normal (mine took about 2 hours after a full Time Machine restore) so I don't see the problem

    As GGJstudios said, the indexing is surely finished by now, unless the OP post something else about it
     
  12. nkk1987 macrumors newbie

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    what about if it takes months?

    Hi,

    It's been a while since anyone been responding to this thread, but I'm desperate and can't find anywhere else any solution..

    My spotlight says it will take about 12 months to index. I'm sure that it's not normal.

    Anyone has any idea?

    Thanks,
    Nir
     
  13. Mrbobb macrumors 601

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    First off take a screen shot and post, we always need funny materials.

    Severe connection with the NSA's database?

    But seriously (if this is a serious post) run a diskutil diagnostic see if it helps.
     
  14. nkk1987 macrumors newbie

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    got ya :) it's attached.

    Why did you think that it's not a serious post?

    and what should i do with the diskutil diagnostic tool? i'm kinda new for mac systems..

    thanks
     

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  15. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    So um, how big is your hard drive? :D
     
  16. nkk1987 macrumors newbie

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    are you serious? i do have a problem and it seems like no one takes it seriously. what's wrong?

    anyway, it's 500G
     
  17. fosterius macrumors newbie

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    I'm having the same problem

    I tried to reset the index by adding the hard drive to the privacy list and then removing it. It's been running all night (no sleep, just screen saver). Computer is an iMac with a 1TB HD running OS X 10.7.5.
     

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  18. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    Is it impacting performance?
     
  19. nkk1987 macrumors newbie

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    yes, it uses cpu, turns on my MBP fans and shortening my battery work time.
     
  20. fosterius, Oct 2, 2012
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    Nope. I'm not convinced it's doing anything. mdworker is showing in the activity monitor but not creating any sort of demand for resources that I can notice.
     

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  21. Philippe Carino macrumors newbie

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    I'm also having the same symptoms

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    Hi there.

    I think I have similar symptoms: each time I turn on my MBP, Spotlight starts running and after several minutes (half an hour) says it will need several days / weeks to complete the indexing.
    I bought this MBP 2 years ago and always worked fine before installing 10.7.5.
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    My Mac OSX version is 10.7.5.
    My MBP: Processor 2.53 Ghz Interl Core i5 / Memory = 8Go - 1067mHZ - DDR3.
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    I have found many forums about a bug in version 10.7.5. with the same symptoms.

    Unfortunately, no solution has been found so far.

    I was hoping that installing Lion Mountain would solve this issue but after reading other forums it gives me evidence it does not.

    Does somebody have a solution to fix this issue?

    Thanks in advance for your kind help.

    Cheers,

    Philippe
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  22. seveej macrumors 6502a

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    Yeah,

    It's a well documented quirck/bug in 10.7.5 that spotlight may take ages to finish. I had it too (my ETA was 22 years at its worst).
    It's seemingly sporadic (does not affect all users) so apple has yet to post a real fix (I guess even they don't know how come).

    Anyway, the fix which has helped many users (myself included) is quite simple: open system preferences->spotlight
    Add your disk(s) onto spotlight's privacy list (the list of places it does not index)
    Close system preferences.
    Open spotlight preferences and take your disk(s) off the privacy list
    Close preferences.
    Once this is done, spotlight should create a new index in "normal" time and spotlight should be back in order.

    Hope this helps,

    RGDS,
     
  23. Philippe Carino macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for your kindness.

    I have just done it.

    Kindly find hereafter what Spotlight has been displaying since I have done it:

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    1- Spotlight displays 6 days left at 12:50pm (Pacific time)
    2- Spotlight displays 7 days left at 12:52pm (Pacific time)
    3- Spotlight displays 8 days left at 12:57pm (Pacific time)
    4- Spotlight displays 10 days left at 13:05pm (Pacific time)
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    I think this one will take quite a long time.

    I will let it finish and keep you posted when it is completed.

    Thanks in advance for your kind patience.

    Cheers,

    Philippe
     
  24. seveej macrumors 6502a

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    Ouch.

    Google around, try "10.7.5. spotlight slow"...

    RGDS,
     
  25. w3rdn3rd macrumors newbie

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    So 10 hours indexing time is normal?

    I should just wait it out? Leave my Mac on all night?
     

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