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10.4: Enable Spotlight for disk images
Authored by: pascalpp on May 02, '05 02:27:30PM

Along similar lines, I'm hoping that Spotlight will grow to support offline volumes. Lot of folks (myself included) have a ton of data offline, archived to CDs and DVDs. Spotlight could really shine here if it allowed us to index and search these volumes and then prompt for the proper disc to be inserted when selecting an offline file in a Spotlight results window.

In the Classic Mac OS, Iomega used to ship a utility called Findit that did a really great job of indexing the contents of offline volumes (or the filenames, at any rate).

A similar utility available for OS X is 'locate', a command-line tool. Locator is a pretty capable GUI for locate, but I think it needs a fair amount of polish. At any rate, I'd really like to see this kind of functionality integrated into Spotlight.

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10.4: Enable Spotlight for disk images
Authored by: meikokun on May 02, '05 05:07:23PM

CD finder is the app you want:

does all you ask and more. The auto-catalogue function is just fantastic the first time you use it and have 200 discs/images/volumes/whatever to cat.

Hope this is of help

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10.4: Enable Spotlight for disk images
Authored by: tokek on May 02, '05 11:42:05PM
I was just thinking about the same thing, since I also store files on an offline volume. I do
ls -R /Volume/ext_volume > local_file; hdiutil unmount /Volumes/ext_volume
to save a copy of the the filenames and unmount. To search through my dvds, I do
grep (search-term) dvd-*.txt
However it would be nice if there was a gui for something like this, esp. Spotlight, and maybe an Automator Action instead of ls. Maybe when I upgrade to Tiger. ;-)

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10.4: Enable Spotlight for disk images
Authored by: gregausina on May 02, '13 12:19:46AM

I was using Autocat to catalog my external disks but it is no longer compatible with osx since Lion. It was smart because it was creating a king of ghost image of the disks filled only with aliases. Spotlight was able to scan theses images and the process was light and fast.
I've been thinking about creating some kind of ghost image of an external drive filled only with the spotlight index and some flags to prevent spotlight to rescan the image but to allow the offline index to be searched. My programming skills are too limited to even try to do that. Maybe someone around here? Or maybe it has been done already?
I really need something efficient to index my disks and don't want to rely on commercial solutions. I want something integrated within the system and avoid any compatibility issue in the long term.
Regards, Greg.

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