Cannot disable spotlight indexing on volume

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Published on 2013-10-24T15:27:12Z Indexed on 2013/10/24 15:58 UTC
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I have a FAT32 partition on my HDD. When using OSX, it is mounted to /Volumes/MEDIA. After a recent upgrade to Mavericks, spotlight is having trouble indexing it, eating up almost all of my system resources, and I cannot get the indexing to stop:

[jay-mba-osx ~]% sudo mdutil -v -a -i off
/:
    Indexing disabled.
[jay-mba-osx ~]% sudo mdutil -v -V /Volumes/MEDIA -i off
[jay-mba-osx ~]% mdutil -v -a -s
/:
    Indexing disabled.
/Volumes/BOOTCAMP:
    Indexing disabled.
/Volumes/MEDIA:
    Indexing enabled.
[jay-mba-osx ~]%
[jay-mba-osx ~]% sudo mdutil -v -V /Volumes/MEDIA -E
/Volumes/MEDIA:
    Indexing enabled.
[jay-mba-osx ~]% sudo mdutil -v -V /Volumes/MEDIA -i off
[jay-mba-osx ~]% mdutil -v -a -s
/:
    Indexing disabled.
/Volumes/BOOTCAMP:
    Indexing disabled.
/Volumes/MEDIA:
    Indexing enabled.
[jay-mba-osx ~]%

How to I tell spotlight to "cease and desist" on my MEDIA volume? I only want or need spotlight indexing on my OSX partition.

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