Really slow indexing/file search on iMac?

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  1. BluAffiliate macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2010

    Does anyone else have the issue of really slow indexing on the iMac 5k? I have a 2012 macbook that can search for files faster than this:

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  2. Fishrrman, Sep 17, 2017
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2017

    Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    My suggestions will be different from just about all the others:

    1. Disable spotlight using terminal
    2. Download the free (small) search app "EasyFind"
    3. Also download the free (small) search app "Find Any File".

    Do your searching with the above 2 apps instead.
  3. BluAffiliate thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2010
    Hmm, this is really a last resort solution for me as I really like spotlight and I use it all the time, especially on my other macbook. How come a MacBook Pro from 2012 searches faster than an iMac (greater specs) for 2015! 512 GB on both options.
  4. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    What have you tried? Are there any external drives attached that are being indexed? If so, remove them and re-test.

    If no changes, create a new test user account and see if it's just as "slow". If it's not that would point to an issue with your actual user account. If it is as slow, rebuilding the Spotlight database would be in order.
  5. joema2 macrumors 68000


    Sep 3, 2013
    I sometimes use EasyFind which is pretty good, but both it and "Find Any File" are *non-indexed* searches. They do a blunt, brute-force search, so on large volumes are vastly slower than Spotlight, assuming Spotlight (or indexed Finder search) is working OK.

    I'd first suggest you rebuild your Spotlight indexes for each drive (inc'l system volume) using this procedure:

    This will take a while to rebuild. You can monitor the progress by doing a CMD-space and typing "index". While the job is running it will say "indexing", then when finished it will no longer say that.

    Although Spotlight indexing underlies both Spotlight and Finder searches, searching via Spotlight (CMD-space) can also invoke other types of searches such as internet. These can be adjusted via Spotlight Preferences:

    So after rebuilding Spotlight indexes, if it's still slow your next step is evaluating whether you're searching from Finder (CMD-F) or the Spotlight interface (CMD-space). Searching from Finder should be only your hard drives or maybe network drives. If the search performance varies a lot between these two methods, that could indicate the Spotlight interface has been configured to search more areas, possibly slower storage such as internet. In that case evaluate and adjust the Spotlight preferences.

    However even an indexed Finder search might be slow if you're searching a large, slow network drive. Is it possible your 2012 MBP is not searching these, and your iMac is?
  6. BluAffiliate thread starter macrumors regular

    Feb 16, 2010
    Hey guys, I'm at work but neither has any drives attached to them. The 2012 Macbook takes less than a second to find a file while the iMac can take 5-10 seconds for anything to show up in finder.
  7. BrianBaughn macrumors 603


    Feb 13, 2011
    Baltimore, Maryland
    What's the hard drive situation in both machines?

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