Have some questions.

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bo-waleed, Sep 20, 2018.

  1. bo-waleed macrumors 6502

    Oct 15, 2009
    I have 2018 13'' MBP.

    1. When I go to Storage in 'About this Mac' there is a part that says 'Other volumes in container' that takes 4.97 GB, What is that ?

    2. In finder when I go to Macintosh HD there is a folder named 'vm' that have a swap file 1.07 GB, What's this again ?

    3. Which is better or which is the intended ? Closing Apps windows or quitting Apps completely ?
    For example: should I always close Safari windows when I finish browsing or quit Safari ?
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus


    Mar 10, 2004
    Bergen, Norway
    Not exact answers, but should be close enogh (I hope):
    1. That is a couple of other partitions on your HD, for virtual memory, recovery mode, and other stuff™ like that.
    2. VM = virtual memory, where the OS saves things that it wants to have in the working memory (RAM) but cannot fit (at least temporarily).
    3. If you want to open a new window (within reasonable time), like you often want with Safari: Keep the app running; if not: quit it. (In practical use it won't really matter since most (small/medium sized) apps open up really quickly, and Mac OS is very good at managing memory.)

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