I have a 15" Macbook Pro Early 2011 and OS X 10.9.2. Spotlight is starting to re-index process when I logged in. I want to know: is this a normal behaviour?

  • does it happen on every login? how long does the indexing take? Mar 30, 2014 at 23:35
  • The question is how long the re-indexing is running. If it's just a minute this is normal behavior but if it's running for 30 min something's messed up.
    – Kevin
    Apr 1, 2014 at 5:35
  • @KevinGrabher Yes, it doing on every login and index process is taking ~3 minute.
    – fatihturan
    Apr 1, 2014 at 8:30
  • @Kovah It doesn't take 30 minute but index process is making OS X unusable.
    – fatihturan
    Apr 1, 2014 at 8:32
  • Well this is not a normal behavior. Check the access rights of your system with the disk utility.
    – Kevin
    Apr 1, 2014 at 8:54

1 Answer 1


Yes, Mac OS X will often index the spotlight at startup. Depending on how many files are on your computer, this process will range from a few seconds to a few minutes (if your computer is terribly slow). I hope this helps!

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