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comment Can spotlight be reset when it misbehaves, is wrong or constantly indexing?
FYI: I've replaced my HDD with an SSD. The problem (or at least the symptoms) has all but vanished! This seems to confirm what I've begun suspecting: I believe Apple is transitioning more and more away from traditional spinning hard drives. It's entirely possible that their own internal testing (whether intentional or not) makes less and less use of slower drives. The indexing operations still occur, but they finish so quickly now that I don't even notice them anymore.
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comment Does the iPhone support TRIM for flash memory?
I don't understand why you make the assumption the device is a jailbreak device. The asker never indicated that, and I arrived at this question because I suspected my iPhone could have the very problem. My iPhone has never been jailbroken ... not even once. As for the difference between SSD and RAM, I don't see how that's relevant. I/O plays a critical role in system performance. If the SSD is slowing down, then the user will see a noticeable impact on performance.
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comment Can spotlight be reset when it misbehaves, is wrong or constantly indexing?
Nice to finally get confirmation of this problem from someone else. You say you haven't noticed a performance impact. What kind of drive do you have? HDD? SSD? If HDD, 5400 or 7200 RPM? I have a 5400 RPM HDD, so a lot of extra I/O will have a noticeable impact on performance. I suspect installing an SSD would make a huge improvement.
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comment Can spotlight be reset when it misbehaves, is wrong or constantly indexing?
Unfortunately, I'm nowhere near an Apple store. The "authorized reseller" here can't help me. The next authorized repair place is about 30 minutes by car from here, and I'm pretty sure I'll have to leave it with them for several days. Aside from the inconvenience of it all, I don't like the idea of leaving a laptop with personal data on it with a stranger.
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revised Can spotlight be reset when it misbehaves, is wrong or constantly indexing?
Include general trouble-shooting advice as acceptable answer.
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comment Can spotlight be reset when it misbehaves, is wrong or constantly indexing?
No AppleCare, but standard 1-year warranty applies. I guess I don't like the idea of sending in my MacBook somewhere for repair. I'm almost certain it's a software issue anyway. I don't frequently plug in external drives, and the behavior occurs even when no external dries are attached.
Apr
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comment Can spotlight be reset when it misbehaves, is wrong or constantly indexing?
Admittedly, this is a very "open-ended" problem. I've tried to make the question as precise as possible, but the symptoms lend themselves to be a difficult-to-diagnose problem. I would add that the 1st half of this answer was brought up in the question itself in the form of a link to a suggestion that I tried... without success. Why not delete the 1st half & keep the 2nd? Also, I would gladly accept more open-ended suggestions about how to go about trouble-shooting such problems in general. Maybe somebody knows of a cmd/tool or a particular log file which could help me pin down the root cause.
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comment Can spotlight be reset when it misbehaves, is wrong or constantly indexing?
I've done those exact steps several times. Things seem OK for a couple days and then back to the same old behavior.
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revised Can spotlight be reset when it misbehaves, is wrong or constantly indexing?
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comment Can spotlight be reset when it misbehaves, is wrong or constantly indexing?
@Buscar웃, interesting suggestion. What exactly should I disable one-by-one?
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revised Can spotlight be reset when it misbehaves, is wrong or constantly indexing?
clarification about chronic nature of the problem
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comment Can spotlight be reset when it misbehaves, is wrong or constantly indexing?
I've let it finish hundreds of times. This is not the "initial" index. This is some kind of subsequent indexing that keeps occurring. It indexes for a few minutes, sleeps for few minutes, indexes for few minutes, sleeps again for a few minutes, and on and on...
Apr
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comment Can spotlight be reset when it misbehaves, is wrong or constantly indexing?
It's so bad that my wife actually complains that our NEW mac is slower than our OLD one!
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