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Tuesday, May 03, 2005 2:32 am
Spotlight… needs work
My PowerBook 1.25 GHz Aluminum has been an excellent machine. Since I find myself working at a desk more often—possibly related to the new Dell 24“ LCD I just bought—I run it closed screen all the time now, with an external keyboard and mouse.

Recently I added a FireWire 800 250 GB harddisk to the mix, mainly for backup purposes. However, I booting from the external HD was so much faster that I soon realised to use the PowerBook internal HD as the backup, and run off the external harddisk exclusively. I thought it might also help reduce heat from the PowerBook.

I use SuperDuper!—a disk cloning application—to make sure both disks are identical before changing the boot drive.

So far it has been good. The speed is addictive. I can see myself getting something new real soon now.

Spotlight has not coped well with the change though. Indexing when booted from the new drive is bloody unreliable. I followed some hints from MacOSXhints, on how to re-index the hard disk. That part works, but searches are no longer magically kept up to date.

In an earlier post I mentioned how I felt that Spotlight was earnestly trying to keep my data and its data in sync. This is how what happens when it fails.

I'm not sure what to do now. I better just do a restart. Should do anyway—the external hard disk doesn't benefit from the PowerBook internal battery, and could shut down anytime there was a power failure.

[posted with ecto]

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