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Mac OS 10.7.5. Why is it that when I open a finder window and

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Mac OS 10.7.5. Why is it that when I open a finder window and do a search for a file name that it can't seem to locate the file. But in that same window I can turn down the triangle on one of the folders and it shows the file I was looking for?
You may need to reset your Spotlight index. Go to System Preferences / Spotlight choose the Privacy tab then drag Macintosh HD to that window:

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Click “OK” when asked to confirm

Now select the drive(s) you just added and click the “-” minus button to remove it from the list

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Spotlight will immediately begin to reindex the drive(s) you added and then removed from the Privacy list. How long it takes to reindex the drive varies, ranging from 30 minutes to several hours, depending on the speed of the drive and it’s contents. At any point, you can pull down the Spotlight menu and check the progress:

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It may be slow until that is finished
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

It's indexing now . . .


 


I work at an office where I have about 6 servers mounted that I use constantly. Should I use the same procedure on the aliases of those servers?

That depends what kind of servers are they?
Customer: replied 3 years ago.

I have no idea.

Well then no I would not do that.... if they are Windows servers they could get messed up.
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Customer: replied 3 years ago.

Thanks. I won't do that then. Spotlight finished indexing, but I just realized the drive I was searching was one of the servers. Oh well, at least my computer is up-to-date. Thanks for the help.