I would like to use a Time Capsule as a file server for 3-4 Macs in a small network. I've 600 GB of data, and a lot of small files. My colleagues work a lot with Spotlight to find files. I would like to ask you: does Spotlight search work if I use a Time Capsule as a file server?

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Per default, it will be indexed. You can opt-out any location in...

  • System Preferences → Spotlight → Privacy

If you add and remove a location in the privacy tab, it will be re-indexed.

Also see Apple's support document Spotlight: How to re-index folders or volumes.


Yes. I use this with Mac OS X 10.6.8 with a Time Capsule as an file server. You must select "Shared" instead of "This Mac" in the Finder-Window.

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