Fresh install - vm folder under main drive ?

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by myuserid08, Nov 5, 2017.

  1. myuserid08 macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    Just installed a fresh copy of 10.13.1 and noticed a "vm" folder under Macintosh HD. There is a "swapfile" file within this folder.
    Looks odd - before I start restoring docs, is it worth downloading another copy of 10.13.1 and installing again ?

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  2. MyNamesNotBob macrumors newbie

    Jun 21, 2010
    Should be hidden, just hide it. Is it there after a restart?
  3. myuserid08 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2008
    Yes, it was still there after reboot.
    Carried out fresh install - still showing. I've also run the hide command in terminal.
    Odd one!
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    I believe that folder is supposed to be there.
    Best to "leave it be..."
  5. BLUEDOG314 macrumors 6502


    Dec 12, 2015
    Might just be a bug considering the changes in High Sierra. If you run High Sierra on an all flash machine it actually becomes a volume in the APFS container.
  6. MilaM macrumors newbie

    Nov 7, 2017
    I noticed this folder too. But it only appeared on my MacBook Air (SSD only) which was upgraded to macOS Sierra 10.13.0. I upgraded another Mac mini (also SSD only) to 10.13.1 last week. Here the vm folder is not present or visible.

    The Mac mini has more RAM. Maybe that makes a difference.

    The files inside the folder are used for managing sleep images and swap memory as far as I know.

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