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Old 11-19-2008, 03:33 PM
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Question spotlight fails to work on cloned drive

Hi, I used SuperDuper on my MacBook 2GHz laptop to copy my 80GB drive to a Hitachi 320MB 2.5" drive, and then swapped it into the MacBook. It booted up ok, but when I try to type a search string into Spotlight, the string erases itself after a couple of seconds. If I use the folder search panel, the search string stays put, but nothing is "found."

I've tried removing the file, /Users/LOGNAME/Library/Preferences/com.apple.spotlight.plist but the behavior stays the same as described, even after reboot. I've also tried to run the utility program, OnyX.app which is said to have redeeming powers, with the "spotlight" option checked, to no avail.

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Old 11-19-2008, 03:39 PM
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That seems strange. Try adding the startup drive into the spotlight preference pane's "privacy" tab, then remove it. Once done, restart your Mac and see if it's reindexing...
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Old 11-19-2008, 04:07 PM
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That seems strange. Try adding the startup drive into the spotlight preference pane's "privacy" tab, then remove it. Once done, restart your Mac and see if it's reindexing...
I got the message in a stickup box:

Privacy List Error

The item couldn't be added or removed because of an unknown error.

I tried the disk, then various folders. Apparently I can't add anything at all to the Privacy panel.
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Old 11-19-2008, 04:48 PM
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That seems weird. Try starting up in "safe boot" (which will disable Spotlight), then doing it.
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:17 PM
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Hi, I came up in "Safe" mode after a full shutdown, but for some reason, the same error message came up.

I have the original disk and a SATA-to-USB adapter if it would help to retrieve something from the original. I'm mystified and I guess I'll have to try to reinstall the entire system and retrieve the user files from backup unless I can figure something out.
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Old 11-19-2008, 06:22 PM
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I have no idea what might be wrong here: I'd contact Apple to see if they have any ideas.
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