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  1. #1

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    Jun 03, 2008
    Mac Pro won't search external drives?
    When I type something to search in "spotlight" or the space in the top right of an open folder, chances are I won't find it. I guess my mac won't search any of my external fire wire hard drives. Even if I open the hard drive and I am looking at a document, if I type that document name into the search it won't find it.
    I have a new Mac pro and my OS is the one just before Snow Leopard... 10 point something...

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    VegasGeorge's Avatar
    Member Since
    Sep 23, 2006
    Las Vegas, NV USA
    iMac, and Macbook Pro
    Hum .... something is wrong. I have an external HD I use for Time Machine backups. If I search for "backup" in Spotlight, my external HD shows up first on the list of hits. Do you have your external HD icons on the Desktop and shown in your Finder Devices list?

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    bobtomay's Avatar
    Member Since
    Dec 22, 2006
    Texas, where else?
    15" MBP '06 2.33 C2D 4GB 10.7; 13" MBA '14 1.8 i7 8GB 10.11; 21" iMac '13 2.9 i5 8GB 10.11; 6S
    Have you checked Spotlight preferences to make sure that your external drives are included in Spotlight indexing?
    I cannot be held responsible for the things that come out of my mouth.
    In the Windows world, most everything folks don't understand is called a virus.

  4. #4

    Member Since
    Jun 03, 2008
    Everything else seems normal. I'm not home right now but I remember checking spotlight preferences and not seeing the drives as options... I have to check again when I'm home.

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