USB external drive indexing, Spotlight

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Mac2013orlater, Nov 30, 2015.

  1. Mac2013orlater macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2014
    Mavericks 10.9.5
    USB external HDD/SDD drives are used as destination for backups made by Time Machine and 3rd party solutions. There is no the slightest need the volumes on those drives to be indexed by Spotlight.
    Therefore exclusion rules have been made in System Preferences > Spotlight > Privacy.
    So, the indexing starts on every connect and messes up the storage space.

    However the OS forgets all these rules on every eject/unmount of such volume, every pass through to running virtual machine.

    Is this a known weakness of Mavericks?
    How to fix it?
    Do the Mavericks followers behave better?
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Have you tried opening the "privacy" pane in Spotlight, and dragging the drives in question into it?

    I "fixed" problems like this by TURNING OFF Spotlight completely and forever.

    I use the free tools "EasyFind" and "Find Any File" when I need to search.
    They work as well or better, anyway...

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