Why is my Mac suddenly not picking up files when searching for them?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by skullkrusher097, Sep 13, 2009.

  1. skullkrusher097 macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2009
    Goal: Find song "x" in computer.

    I type said song name in the search bar in the Finder, but it doesn't show up at all, and I made sure I didn't make any sort of typos. I can still get to it, but I have to manually go through folders and find the file myself. Why is this suddenly happening with new songs I'm acquiring?
  2. TuffLuffJimmy macrumors G3


    Apr 6, 2007
    Portland, OR
  3. skullkrusher097 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2009
    Excuse my lack of knowledge, but what would being indexed mean? I should note that I still use iTunes as my main form of playing music on my computer.

    Also, it seems to be with new files in general, they just won't show up.
  4. JediMeister macrumors 68040

    Oct 9, 2008
    Indexing is a function of the Spotlight application on your Mac. It actively seeks new files which have been created on the hard drive. Sometimes it stops indexing for one reason or another so you may have to force a reindex of the drive. Here is how to do so. The system may be sluggish while the reindexing is taking place, be patient and give it some time to complete.
  5. skullkrusher097 thread starter macrumors newbie

    May 17, 2009
    That did the trick! Thanks man!

    I have no idea how this started happening in the first place, but that fixed it!

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