4 GB Sleep Image

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ClarkCSM, Jul 21, 2011.

  1. ClarkCSM macrumors newbie

    Jul 21, 2011

    I've had a 4 GB sleep image on my hard drive for quite some time now. When I first saw it, I researched a little and read that it would disappear as soon as I shut down, but I don't think it has and it seems rather large for a sleep image. I still have about half my HD free, so it's not a pressing matter, just an annoyance. Should I go about getting rid of it or should I let it be? And if the answer is the former, how would I do that?

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    The sleep image is the size of your RAM. Its best to leave it alone.
  3. -tWv- macrumors 68000


    May 11, 2009
    The sleep image is the place where your RAM dumps its contents before going to sleep. It does this so that the hard drive can store what you were doing, and then load it back onto the RAM once you wake the mac back up. Since your sleep image is 4GB that means that you have 4GB of RAM. If you delete it, a new sleep image will be created next time you put your computer to sleep, so it should be left alone, it's just a file that the system uses to go in and out of sleep.

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