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Do Spotlight indexed external USB drives take longer to mount?

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I have an 80gig external USB (2.0) drive.

I recently formatted it as HFS+ and copied documents / photos / etc over.


It was fine the first couple days I turned it on. Mounted in a couple seconds.

But after I manually forced a spotlight index (which took 2+ hours) now when I turn it on it takes 2-3 minutes before the icon appears on the desktop.


Is this normal? Or does my drive have a problem?

what's the equivalent of XP's CHKDSK for OS X? I want to make sure it's not corrupted.

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