"mds" going crazy

Discussion in 'macOS' started by DesmoPilot, Jun 17, 2010.

  1. DesmoPilot macrumors 65816

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    For whatever reason "mds" is taking up 30-75% of my CPU and causing my HDD to work overtime. Know it has something to do with spotlight, but how to I stop it? Tried resetting PRAM about an hour ago and it stopped; but for whatever reason it has decided to come back in the last few mins.
     
  2. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Is Spotlight showing a time to completion estimate? Did you add any new hard drives or make any recent OS X updates?
     
  3. DesmoPilot thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Same HD I've had in this thing since I've basically got it, only recent OS X update was was to 10.6.4. Just a few mins ago I was watching a movie when the system beachballed, could expose but not do anything else like force quit. Forced shutdown and restarted, verified the HDD and it said it needed repairs; so I repaired it off of the OS X DVD and it said it was successful. In the process of backing up everything right now; hopefully my HDD isn't dying and it's just a hiccup from 10.6.4. Maybe the fact that this install is a clone from a different HDD may of caused the problem?
     
  4. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    Drag the HD to the privacy panel.

    Check your fonts again using FontBook.app, make sure there are no errors -- these used to trip up mds.

    But it can also be hanging on a new pdf with included font you downloaded.

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    If you want to check out the drive download SMART Utility.app, this will allow you to check the drive

    You can look at the Power On Hours, Bad Sectors, current # of errors, etc. If the errors are low you should be OK, if there are a lot of bad sectors ... finish the backup.
     
  5. DesmoPilot thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ran the "short" test and it completed without error.
     
  6. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    My drive ended up with 16,000 hours 100's of bad sectors and 6000 errors and couldn't run any test without ending with an error. :eek:

    Got a new one.
     
  7. DesmoPilot thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Dang. There any reason to run the long test? Or is the short one sufficient.
     
  8. Sun Baked macrumors G5

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    If you have no errors (it is a lifetime number) and no bad sectors, likely the drive is OK.

    And the drive problem you repaired was from turning off the machine. Which happens.
     

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