accessing private folders

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mikeydoo2, Feb 27, 2009.

  1. mikeydoo2 macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys!

    I'm a newbie in the forum...

    I'm trying to delete a bunch of unwanted files that take up a lot of space, and I'm finding this file that is 2 gigs, which labeled:

    private/var/vm/sleepimage

    but I can't access the file or delete it.

    (i'm using a program called GrandPerspective which visually represents how memory is being used)

    any hints?

    thanks
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Don't delete it! It is used by Mac OS X for its "Safe Sleep" feature, and is approximately as large as the amount of RAM you have installed. Unless you KNOW what you're doing, deleting things without understanding what they're used for is a good way to turn your Mac into a paperweight!
     
  3. mikeydoo2 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    eek!

    ok I def won't!

    i assume everything else in the private folder has a good use too?

    I just won't touch that one.

    -mk
     
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    I wouldn't try deleting anything outside your own User folder, and even then, you can screw things up if you don't know what you're doing.
     
  5. angelwatt Moderator emeritus

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    It is possible to "turn off" that file. Check out this article from Mac World on how to do so and what it means. You can then decide for yourself if you want to proceed or not. I don't do it myself, but have a co-worker who does so he can have that space back.
     

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