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05-25-2006, 05:57 PM

Can you tell me, why Spotlight always completely indexes my bootvolume after successfully backing it up? Sometimes this takes more than an hour on my dual 2 GHz G5! As I run SD twice a day this makes up to two hours of slowdown!
I'm running SD 2.1.1 on OSX.4.6. The problems started with SD2.0 if I remember correctly.

Thanks for help!

05-25-2006, 06:45 PM
It does this to the *startup* volume, Ralph? It certainly shouldn't, unless you booted from a different volume: did you do that?

05-25-2006, 06:47 PM
No, I didn't restart after backup. I always run my Mac on its bootvolume.

05-25-2006, 06:52 PM
OK. Are you sure it's indexing your startup volume and not the backup? To fix the latter, simply add the backup volume to the Spotlight Preference Pane's "Privacy" tab. That'll be preserved across backups, and should stop it from indexing or searching the backup volume.

05-25-2006, 06:57 PM
Yes, it is the startup volume (labelled G5dual as opposed to G5dualBackup)

05-25-2006, 07:00 PM
I can't think of any reason why the startup volume would reindex after a backup. The index isn't touched, and we don't modify more than our preferences, log, etc.

The destination volume would be, however, if it's not in privacy.

05-25-2006, 07:05 PM
It's not related to anything else than SD! as it does only occur after those backups. And it is not in privacy.

05-25-2006, 07:09 PM
I really think the indexing is on the backup volume, not on the source. Please try adding the backup volume into the Privacy tab...

05-25-2006, 07:16 PM
Spotlight shows the name of the boot volume when indexing.
I have now added the backup volume to the privacy tab. Let's hope that this helps.

05-25-2006, 07:34 PM
Yep -- let me know!

05-26-2006, 04:53 AM
A bug! Spotlight shows "G5dual" (the startup volume) but indexes "G5dualBackup" (the backup volume)! My Problem ist solved now, thanks Dave!

05-26-2006, 07:36 AM
Great -- I'm glad that resolved the problem. Thanks for the follow-up, Ralph!