Question on Spotlight on external drive

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dolorossa, Aug 13, 2013.

  1. dolorossa macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2011
    Hey guys,

    I know that Spotlight can work on an external drive, but I was wondering: does Spotlight store the search index on the external drive itself or does it store it on the same volume that the OS is running on?

    The reason I ask is this: can I get one of my really fast Mac pro's to index a drive and then just plug that drive into my Macbook and instantly query it without having to wait for an hour-long indexing process?
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    The Spotlight index is stored on each drive in a hidden file /.Spotlight-V100 .

    It should not reindex when you plug it back in.
  3. dolorossa thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 29, 2011

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