Mac OS X: disable spotlight on external USB drive

When a USB drive connects to the Mac, the spotlight will try to indexing the files on the drive. To check the activities of the spotlight, run
lsof | grep spotlight
. It might not be the behavior we want. To disable spotlight on the external drive, try the following: The mdutil command can be used to manage spotlight. Run the following command in Terminal:
sudo mdutil -i off /Volumes/USBHD
will turn off spotlight indexing on external drive /Volumes/USBHD.

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