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    OSX Lion Spotlight / searching issues

    Hi All
    I've been running Lion for a couple of months now. Only some PPC progs not working, everything running fine. Apart from Spotlight search feature. Under Snow Leopard, it worked fine.
    However under Lion, Spotlight works fine on local HD when doing searches, but if you have external HD or a networked server, Spotlight can't find any inputted named file.
    I have tried re-indexing the external & networked HD's to no effect.
    Quick search on the web tells me that Apple engineers disabled the feature in Lion. What the hell for.
    Now I'm looking for a nice little utility that allows me to search my local, external & networked HD's for the files I'm after.
    If anyone can point me in the right direction, it would be most welcome.
    Thanks.

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    Issues with Spotlight - update

    I forgot to mention that prior to upgrading Snow Leopard to Lion, the Spotlight search of networked & external hard drives worked fine.
    But after a major crash, (see my thread on "Restore Windows" under Lion), I had to wipe HD & do a fresh Lion install. That's when Spotlight would not work. I've tried moving folders to the Privacy area in Spotlight preferences, & moving them back out, which starts to re-index the folders again. Spotlight still could not locate any search requests.
    After searching the web, I located "EasyFind 4.8.1", (http://www.devon-technologies.com/products/freeware/) a great little utility. It found my searches on the first attempt, & it surprised me at how quick it was in returning the results. I believe it is quicker then Spotlight.
    Try it your.

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