Can too large a folder cause issues and effect performace of my Mac Pro?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by SLR2009, Jul 17, 2010.

  1. SLR2009 macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2009
    Hi, I have a Quad Core Mac Pro which is running Snow Leopard 10.6.4. I have 8 gigs of memory. I havve a 180 gb folder filled with important data within my Home folder. This folder has many subfolders within it. The folder is on my startup drive and where I have Snow Leopard installed. Can too large a folder cause issues with my mac and effect performance? Thanks
  2. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    As long as you have at least 10-20% free space on your hard drive, it shouldn't effect performance.
  3. MacKeeperFanMod macrumors regular


    Jun 28, 2010
    As far as I know, performance is affected by large amounts of data on your desktop.
    With a large amount of data on disk with the system performance degradation is not observed.
  4. SLR2009 thread starter macrumors regular

    Mar 19, 2009
  5. larkost macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2007
    The total number of files/folders in a directory is not really going to ever be an issue, but the number of files/folders at a single level of a folder is going to give the Finder fits when it tries to display that folder (and the desktop is always displayed). To try to give an example:

    a folder with 1,000 files divides amongst 100 sub-folders is less problem than

    1,000 files in a single folder

    The numbers I am using are probably not going to cause problems, but scale them up a bit and you get the idea.

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