Spotlight Hogging Resources


macrumors 68040
Original poster
Jun 27, 2006
Rhode Island
I finally got around to installing the public beta last night (public beta 3) and ever since the fans have been kicking up. I looked into the issue and noticed that Spotlight is using crazy amounts of CPU and killing my battery. It's definitely that its indexing, but the progress bar has been empty.

Anybody else experience this? Does it just take a while to index with the new spotlight?


macrumors newbie
Oct 14, 2014
Spotlight in OSX Mavericks sucks so bad I had to kill it in terminal.

Fans were blasting, system slow even with SSD upgrade...gaaaa

After I killed spotlight, no fans, quiet, happy laptop.

Except no search - argh - Apple get it together.

Wish you could configure what spotlight looks at when it does its indexing.


macrumors G3
Mar 20, 2007
It'll be indexing. Can take a while depending how slow and big your hard drive is. Be patient.. ;)


macrumors newbie
Oct 14, 2014
Thanks for the response - it never stopped indexing so I killed it. Have owned this laptop for 3+ years and it's never run as quickly or quietly as it does now without spotlight - fans almost never come on.

Wish I could "tweak" spotlight to just index file names in some directories.
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