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  • Vivisuy
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    Joined: Jul 27th, 2006, 11:30
    What goes on in the background!!
    I am curious to know what mds or mds helper is? I had a situation where these tasks were running in the background and they used big gobs of cpu and memory (way over 50% on the activity monitor). I heard my hard drive and cooling fans working when I wasn't working, so I checked. Anybody have an answer? Thanks, Rob
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  • Rounik Admin
    Posts: 8713
    Joined: Dec 16th, 2006, 08:13
    Re: What goes on in the background...
    Hi Rob, mds is the Metadata Server, a process at Mac OS X for file search i.e. Spotlight. Try the following: Exclude any external drive from Spotlight indexing: System Preferences > Spotlight > Privacy. Turn off any anti-virus software if you are running it. Launch Disk Utility & run a Repair Disk on the external drive. Now, remove the Spotlight restriction. Leave your Mac to finish indexing the external drive - which will require a lot of CPU until it's done. That should fix it! Cheers Rounik
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