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    Spotlight taking ages to index after upgrade to Leopard
    I did a simple upgrade from Tiger to Leopard and I've noticed a few problems since.

    Ever since I've upgraded, the system has been very laggy i.e. lots of beach balls; from switching windows to opening programs. I never experienced this degree of lag in Tiger.

    One of the big problems I've had though is with Spotlight. From a restart of Leopard, it seems to be taking forever to index my hard drive (a Macbook 1.8 CD, 2GHz RAM, 60GB HD). At this moment, it's been 20 minutes since I rebooted my Macbook and yet its still saying that it's indexing the drive. The estimated time has been fluctuating between 9 - 15 minutes.

    I don't have Time Machine enabled, and Verify Disk and Verify Disk Permissions says that my Mac is OK.

    I love Leopard but the small but pervasive problems are making it unusable.

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    firstly, i have had always had problems when upgrading to leopard form tiger,

    if possible try do a clean install, the upgrade seems to jsut give problems, also the 10.5.2 update has sorted out alot o problems i have had before.

    as for the indexing, if it is still having a heart attack, jsut force it to reindex the drive.

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    Might be a corrupted Spotlight preferences file. Try trashing the com.apple.spotlight.plist file (plist = preferences list).

    It's inside your log-in user's folder, then inside the Library folder, then inside the Preferences folder. Then restart.

    The plist file is only a text file of Spotlight's preferences and will be recreated when you restart. (You can read it by opening it with TextEdit.)

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    Thanks. I'l try these solutions and report back.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thealluseless View Post
    firstly, i have had always had problems when upgrading to leopard form tiger,

    if possible try do a clean install, the upgrade seems to jsut give problems, also the 10.5.2 update has sorted out alot o problems i have had before.

    as for the indexing, if it is still having a heart attack, jsut force it to reindex the drive.

    How do I force it to reindex the drive?

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    This explains one of the ways, in Tiger, at least.

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    Quote Originally Posted by StevenH View Post
    Thanks. I'l try these solutions and report back.
    So I tried:

    1) reindexing the drive
    and
    2) deleting the com.apple.spotlight.plist file
    and
    3) reinstalling leopard with an archive and install


    but there's still plenty of occasions after a reboot when it will not finish indexing, like right this moment lol!

    Is it possible that it may be a faulty HD?

    p.s. My iMac is the machine i'm having spotlight problems with, but I also have a Macbook with is essentially a mirror of my iMac cos it has all the same applications and settings on it. The only difference between the two is just that my iMac has a few more songs and videos on it.

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