[OS X] Accelerated work Spotlight with external HDD

Inline find in OS X functions very quickly, but in some cases it slowed down the startup significantly. Sometimes the reason is very simple: the external hard disk automatically “wakes up” each time you launch Spotlight, and this can be corrected in the settings.

Once your humble servant noticed that when you invoke Spotlight computer for some time “thinking”. As mentioned above, this is due to connected external drive. In my case, the disk stores the various information, but many Mac owners use hard drives solely for backup Time Machine. In this scenario, a useless starting of the drive can significantly interfere with work, especially if you look for a lot and often, but fortunately, this can be corrected by performing a few simple steps.

  • Launch System preferences using the Apple menu in the top left corner of the screen
  • Open the section “Spotlight”
  • Go to the tab “Privacy”.
  • “Drag” the icon of the hard disk for Time Machine that appears in the exceptions list.

After this procedure the contents of the disk will no longer be indexed by OS X that will prevent the constant run. Of course, if the disk is used for purposes other than backup, delete it from the index is impractical, however, when the scenario described is really open Spotlight faster. Similarly, you can add exclude any files and folders that you don’t want to index.

I hope this simple tip will save precious time when working. You quick search!

Clifton Nichols

Clifton Nichols

Hi! I’m Clifton and I am a full-stack engineer with a passion for building performant and scalable applications that are beautiful and easy to use.

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