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Why cant I search any files on my external hard disk?

by rox99 / June 15, 2015 11:07 PM PDT

I am using Mac OS X Yosemite, and I am having this problem that is really bothering me. I have a lot of data in my external hard drive but I can not search for them in mac, I did some research and it seems that I am not the only one having this problem

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How, exactly, are you searching for your files.?
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / June 16, 2015 4:39 AM PDT

I use Spotlight, which finds any file whose name I know exactly on any drive, internal or not.

That said, there are a number apps out there that will find files for you.

EasyFind is just one such app.


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I also use spotlight
by rox99 / June 16, 2015 7:09 AM PDT

I use spotlight too but I cant find files on the external drive

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Maybe they were ignored?
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / June 17, 2015 8:52 AM PDT
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by Joris903 / June 18, 2015 10:31 PM PDT

If you can't search your external HD the Spotlight menu (top right) try from 'All My Files' in a Finder window sidebar, or open your desktop-mounted external HD in a Finder window and use the search bar.

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