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Full user review
This review was originally posted on VersionTracker.com.
I moved from Panther to Tiger because Spotlight sounded sssooooo promising, and it seemed to work just great at the local Apple retail store. In practice, however, I found that it deosn't find all the files that it should, it continues to "find" files on drives that have been put in the privacy list, and it chokes on internal or external drives or volumes that are clones of the main boot drive.
Even worse, once I unmount those external clones, Spotlight seems to continue to "hunt" for them, using up CPU resources (as much as ~90% every few seconds) and doing thousands of disk writes (which coincide with the use of CPU resources every few seconds)--even when nothing else at all is going on.
Disabling Spotlight with Spotless completely eliminates the problems caused by Spotlight--and now, being able to remove the Spotlight icon from the menubar is icing on the cake!
Thank you Spotless!
P.S. The developer has been very responsive (in the past) to some questions and feature requests that I had.