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Open your Activity monitor in the Utility folder and look for mds_stores CPU and CPU time values. The CPU should be <0.5% and time depends but about a hour. If you have higher CPU % values then your spotlight is active. If not, then you have something on the drive needing updates, or synchronization, or back up. For that look who is active, and ...


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It's probably Spotlight indexing the drive, which is going to include full-text indices of those PDF scans if they've been OCR'd. If you want detail--to see the status of the indexing, for example, there is a handy chart at http://commandlinemac.blogspot.com/2008/12/spotlight-on-command-line.html



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