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How I can search anything on a thumb drive using Spotlight?

As soon as I start to search it shows all content of my Mac's hard drive.

I am using Snow Leopard 10.6.8.

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Go into Finder, open the USB drive you'd like to search by double-clicking its icon in the file browser or clicking it in Finder's sidebar, and hit Command + F

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Doesn't work for me ... searching for existing files result in empty list –  Drejc Nov 20 '13 at 14:50

In the shell you could mdimport /Volumes/SomeVolume && mdfind -name 'something' -onlyin /Volumes/SomeVolume/

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This works. Thank you. –  Sridhar-Sarnobat Apr 12 at 23:49

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