New External Drive...Index Volumes?

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  1. ohla313 macrumors 6502a

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    I just got a new 1TB external drive and set up two partitions: Time Machine and Media files. After I did this Spotlight did something I did not notice, it was indexing volumes as I could see the dot in the magnifying lens in the top right blinking.

    I noticed that when I go to Spotlight preferences theres a yield sign near the keyboard shortcut for activating spotlight. How do I fix this? I shut down my computer with the lens still blinking and was wondering if I should've let it finish that process before I did that? Will it be damaging to my computer?

    Thanks!
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Yes, just let it finish indexing. You can always start the indexing process again. No, it won't damage your computer or drive.
     
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    But I already turned my computer off last night (safely) without it finishing. It doesn't seem to be resuming now. How can I resume it?
     
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    Do I need to do this? What are the pros and cons to it? Also how can I get rid of those yield signs for the Spotlight shortcut?
     
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    Yes, you should do this. Spotlight needs to index your drives so it can find items faster when searching. There's no reason not to do it. Can you post a screen shot of the yield signs to show where they're located?
     
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  8. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Setting Spotlight preferences
    Yes
     
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    That's strange though because whenever I use that keyboard shortcut, it goes to spotlight. it is not used by another other program.

    EDIT: I just dragged and removed my drive from the privacy tab but still don't see any signs of it being indexed..No blinking dot in the magnifying lens.
     
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    Is there any other way to check if Spotlight is indexing volumes?
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If the dot is in the Spotlight icon on the Menu Bar, it's indexing. If the dot is not there, it's not indexing. Try it again.
     
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    How would I go about fixing the keyboard shortcut problem? I checked keyboard settings and nothing is conflicting with that shortcut.
     
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    Go to System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts and click "Restore Defaults".
     
  14. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hmm..I did that and it still shows the yield sign.

    Also there's still no blinking in the lens after I dragged and removed the partitions. Did this system chance in Snow Leopard?
     
  15. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you try rebooting?
    No. As you'll see from the links I posted, they refer to 10.6.
     
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    ok I rebooted and will do it again. should I turn off time machine when I re-index the volume? as it is part of the hard drive.
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It might help.
     
  18. ohla313 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I did both and it still won't index! Yesterday, it did index for some time and then I shut it down. It was still blinking when I was shutting it down though. Perhaps it got a good chunk done?

    Also when I search for files on the external it shows up in spotlight.
     

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