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  1. #1

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    Feb 18, 2010
    Unhappy Indexed hard Drive won't let me open files, please help!

    I noticed that spotlight had started to index my external HD. It took hours but I just let it run. Now Finder takes forever to build image previews and most of the files (mostly image files) won't open...

    Does anyone have a clue what's happened?

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    Jan 23, 2008
    Keller, Texas
    2017 27" iMac, 10.5" iPad Pro, iPhone 6s+, iPhone 7+, Numerous iPods, High Sierra
    Indexing an external hard drive can actually slow down access to it. I never allow Spotlight to index an external hard drive or a flash drive. As a matter of fact, I have indexing turned off even for my internal drive.

    Try copying all your image files over again to the external hard drive if possible and turn Spotlight indexing off.


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