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If Spotlight does not find a file or a file's contents
Authored by: aMacUzur on Nov 07, '11 03:49:57PM

I would hope that everyone realizes that Spotlight really can't find any file on your disk — there are only certain folders that Spotlight does and can scan/search. It seems that there's no way to get Spotlight to scan/search the entire boot/system disk as there are areas (such as the system area) it won't seem to scan ('though I haven't tried this with 10.7, having given up on Spotlight "way back when").

If you want to find files and/or content anywhere on your disk, you can use the following free applications (ask Mr. Google where to find 'em)

  • Find Any File : quite fast for finding folders and files (doesn't do content)
  • EasyFind: not quite as fast for finding files as "Find Any File," but it has some different capabilities and can also find content (which is even slower)

Neither of the above utilities use any kind of indexing (well, other than the disks filesystem services) so they're always up-to-date, don't consume resources for scanning and don't get corrupted ... i.e., although a little slower, they're reliable and search anywhere on your disk.

At least we no longer see Apple's web pages making the "find any file on your disk" claim. <sigh>

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