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10.4: Disable Spotlight on a FAT32 external drive
Authored by: jpgetty on Aug 16, '06 09:05:05AM

What I want to know is how can I get OS X to stop looking at my backup disk for alternative applications. If I right click on a document to get to the "Open With" menu, I have to wait for the spinning beach ball and the Firewire disk to spin up so it can give me access to all the applications on the backup disk (which of course are just duplicates of the ones in the /Applications folder). How do I make OS X ignore those?

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Backup applications and "Open With"
Authored by: makip on Aug 25, '06 08:05:12PM
One simple way (and the way I use) is to place back-up applications in an archive. Select an archive format that preserves unix permissions such as tar.gz or sitx. Also, before I upgrade apps that impact opening all files of a certain type, I take the precaution of archiving the older version of that app.

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