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You can add the Volume to your Spotlight index. Go to System Preferences then to Spotlight. Click on the Privacy tab Click the + button and browse to your external drive to add it Now, remove the drive you just added by selecting it and clicking the minus "-" button. (Yes, I know, crazy right! But this tells Spotlight that the Volume exists.) Close ...


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Sometimes you might need to have Spotlight reindex the target location. You can add and then remove the target location to the Privacy pane of Spotlight under System Preferences. The action of adding and removing the target will force Spotlight to reindex that location. You can add either by drag and drop or the [+] button and then remove with the [-] ...


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If the icon is gone, you can still start a search by cmd + space? If that doesn't work, you'll need to troubleshoot things a bit and post back with some more details. https://support.apple.com/en-us/HT201516



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