help with spotlight searching

Discussion in 'OS X and OS X Apps' started by Kiko, Aug 29, 2007.

  1. Kiko

    Kiko Well-Known Member

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    guys, i have a question re spotlight.

    A lot of people say that it is way better than the windows search function. I can appreciate that it starts to look for files the second I start typing. However, i tried to search for a certain word document whose file name I forgot and so I just typed a uncommon word which is unique to the just a few word documents in my ext. hard disk. However, my search ended up with nothing.

    does this trick work with spotlight. I got used to this way of searching with Windows search kasi since my document folders are so disarranged (my fault). i tinkered with the settings of spotlight and saw that the choices available was with which types of files spotlight first searches or prioritezes.

    Sadly, I ended up using windows in bootcamp to search for the file and finally found it.:(
     
  2. maryannemoll

    maryannemoll Guest

    I wonder why. My Spotlight always works flawlessly. My files are all haphazard towards the end of the month, and I often have to do a mega-Spotlight night just to get them all in order in time for my reports. Often, my file names don't make sense, so I also enter a word that I know is peculiar to the file, and it works all the time.

    Let me look it up. There could be issues.
     
  3. quietcynic

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    How is the external formatted? If it is in NTFS, OSX (and by extension, Spotlight) will be unable to write a search index file to the partition. No index file, no searching.
     
  4. Kiko

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    Thanks. Maryannemoll, ill check them out. Quietcynic, its in fat32
     

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