What can I do to stop high network usage when a Samba share is mounted?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by analbeard, Apr 24, 2012.

  1. analbeard macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2009
    Ok, so i've done a lot of googling on this, but i've not really found any conclusive answers.

    Basically, when I mount a samba share from another machine, Lion goes crazy. I can see from iStat menus that network (wireless) usage varies wildly from 300KB/s, right up to 6/7 MB/s, but my cpu usage doesn't spike at all. When this is happening the laptop is almost unusable, clicking something can take 30 seconds for a response. I'm presuming that this is something to do with Spotlight trying to index the share, but as it's several terabytes in size, it never completes. I've left the laptop on overnight in the hope that whatever process is causing this would finish, but to no avail. I've also placed the share in the Privacy tab in Spotlight's preferences, and used mdutil -i to stop it accessing the volume, but with no luck.

    Can anyone help? It's driving me nuts and it means i can't access my files without having to ftp in instead.

    Specs: MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.7.3), Late 2011 Core i7 15", 4GB RAM
  2. rdowns macrumors Penryn


    Jul 11, 2003
  3. analbeard thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 2, 2009
    why thank you.

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