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Optimizing Spotlight for Better Performance

Last updated 2014-07-29 - Send Feedback
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Spotlight can interrupt important work, suck up CPU time, and generally make a nuisance of itself at inconvenient times. The benefits of Spotlight are truly useful, yet it is possible to benefit from it and yet be less annoyed with its interruptions*.

The Spotlight process is the obtusely-named “mds” as seen in Activity Monitor.

* Over the years, Apple has taken no action to make Spotlight behavior predictable or controllable. It is a constant nuisance for your author when erasing and testing drives (repetitive exclusion), when backing up, etc.

Exclude backup volumes, scratch volumes, Time Machine volume

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Spotlight might decide to start indexing the backup (or original) volume while the backup is in progress, causing a huge slowdown in backup speed (doubling or even quadrupling the required time, not to mention sucking up CPU time).

I never want the backup volume indexed by Spotlight — it’s pointless for me.

The solution? Exclude all backup volumes, and remember that after erasing a volume, you’ll have to re-exclude it; Spotlight forgets excluded volumes once it’s erased, even if the name remains the same.

Exclude backup volumes from Spotlight index;
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