Yes another article about parallels desktop slowness
Since I long ago updated from older parallels version to 7, it seems it has become slower and slower.
When I boot Parallels my Mac grinds to a halt for several minutes.
Last week I tried another solution to cope with problem.
I noticed spotlight was indexing while booting Parallels, of course this isn't a nice situation.
I've read that spotlight makes use of importer-plugins to index the data.
To view the executed importer you can use the following command
Which results in a big list with:
2013-09-18 10:53:42.292 mdimport[5667:707] Paths: id(501) ( "/Library/Spotlight/iBooksAuthor.mdimporter", "/Library/Spotlight/ParallelsMD.mdimporter", "/Library/Spotlight/iWork.mdimporter", "/System/Library/Spotlight/Application.mdimporter", "/System/Library/Spotlight/Audio.mdimporter", ... "/System/Library/Spotlight/Automator.mdimporter", "/System/Library/Spotlight/SystemPrefs.mdimporter", "/System/Library/Spotlight/vCard.mdimporter", "/Applications/Xcode.app/Contents/Library/Spotlight/uuid.mdimporter", "/Applications/Evernote.app/Contents/Library/Spotlight/EvernoteSpotlightImporter.mdimporter" )
I noticed a ParallelsMD.mdimporter. WTF, I don't want indexed parallels disks.
Also I read there should be an option in the parallels virtual machine configuration to enable or disable spotlight on a virtual Machine. I couldn't find this option...
Could it be that my Parallels importer is enabled from an older parallels installation and that I cannot disable it anymore?
So I simply removed the importer:
sudo rm /Library/Spotlight/ParallelsMD.mdimporter
After testing unfortunately no.. The slowness of Parallels remains.
Though it seems my spotlight indexing has improved.
It doesn't take that long anymore.