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Aliakbar Salehi
Aliakbar Salehi

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OH! No, My Macbook is super slow 😱

last week my dev laptop (MacBook Pro 13-inch, 2019, Four Thunderbolt 3 ports) went super slow. The laptop fan was working at high speed, it sounds like a bitcoin miner.
I was curious to see what happened. Nothing was working correctly, really weird!.

I opened the Activity monitor and checked processes and app resource usage. CPU usage was normal, then I moved to the memory, it was fine, and then I moved to the disk usage. OH! There were just a few megabytes free.
How it was possible, I use this Macbook just for working purposes.

I used the grandperspectiv to visualize the HDD usage.
first run

and found these 3 major reason:

  • docker.raw (64GB )
  • node_modules folders
  • Application cache (chrome, Mozilla, developer tools, yarn and nvm)

solutions:

  • you can change the size of docker.raw in docker settings ( have a look at this link
  • I suggest using this command in your home folder to remove node_modules in all old packages

find . -name 'node_modules' -type d -prune -exec rm -rf '{}'

  • clean npm and yarn cache

Just by these 3 simple solution I freed up to 100GB of my disk storage.

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