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10.4: Disable Spotlight on a FAT32 external drive
Authored by: tpressman on Dec 01, '06 03:04:32PM

As a test I added the .metadata_never_index file to a FAT32-formatted ipod shuffle 1GB and then manually deleted the .spotlight-v100 folder from the drive. Non-indexing only took effect after rebooting my machine. But it worked.

Then I rebooted into my NTFS BootCamp drive and copied the .metadata_never_index file from my ipod shuffle into the root of my C: drive and rebooted back to OSX.

Finally! No more indexing of my NTFS windows disk and no more slow results when searching using apple-space! Thank God for that.

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