When viewing by tags in Finder I get no results from Time Machine or Trash. Are tags not retained by Time Machine or Trash? What about external disks? Spotlight is configured to index everything, no exceptions.

  • It's my understanding that spotlight won't index a TM backup, as it's a special kind of folder. – At0mic Nov 28 '16 at 20:52

Spotlight doesn't index Time Machine backups or the Trash. It does do external disks but certain conditions have to be met for it to do them.

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