If I remove a account from my computer will it remove every file compleatly?


macrumors regular
Original poster
Dec 23, 2008
Ok so I realized that I only have 15 GB left so I went through and moved all the files I want to keep onto a external hard drive then was going to format my HDD, reinstall snow leopard then put the files back, 'cause I thought that formatting it would befaster than deleting over 120GB of stuff in the trash. But I can't find my snow leopard disk so I was thinking of creating a new account then deleting the one I use now. So I guess my question is would this work and will I gain back all of the space on my hard drive.


Sep 7, 2008
forlod bygningen
So it will keep the library and application folder and the developer tools?
User accounts are stored in Macintosh HD / Users /. The system-wide Library, Applications and Developer folders are located at Macintosh HD / :

Macintosh HD / Library
Macintosh HD / Applications
Macintosh HD / Developer

So if you delete a folder insider Macintosh HD / Users / you won't delete a folder outside the Macintosh HD / Users / folder.

Mac OS X Directory Structure explained