My Macbook Air vs Macintosh HD?

semicolon

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Jun 14, 2012
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Okay guys, I have owned a Macbook for like an hour, so work with me.

If I'm trying to save a file to my computer, for example an image file, where do I save it to?

Macintosh HD? That is my SSD, right? Then what is "Lisa's Macbook Air" (I'm Lisa, and that's the "name" of the computer). What am I doing by saving files there??

And in which one are my photos, documents, etc??



Also, if I want to forward an email with an attachment, will that file stay attached when I click forward? I tried to do that, but I don't see where the attached files are.

Thank you so much!
 
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Okay guys, I have owned a Macbook for like an hour, so work with me.

If I'm trying to save a file to my computer, for example an image file, where do I save it to?
Wherever you want, your Desktop or the Pictures folder or a folder you create.

Macintosh HD? That is my SSD, right?
Your SSD is having one partition, and only one, which is called Macintosh HD. Macintosh HD has all the folders on it for running your system (Applications, Library, System, Users).
Your user folder (the folder for your user account) is stored inside the Users folder (Macintosh HD / Users / semicolon).

Then what is "Lisa's Macbook Air" (I'm Lisa, and that's the "name" of the computer). What am I doing by saving files there??
"Lisa's MacBook Air" is your computer and shows you all connected storage devices (or readable media like DVDs), for example an external USB HDD or USB flash memory thumb drive. You don't store files there. It is just an overview.

And in which one are my photos, documents, etc??
You user folder (Macintosh HD / Users / semicolon / or in Finder press CMD+SHIFT+H or click the icon with your short user name (the one with the house)) contains several folders you can use (but you don't have to), like Documents, Desktop (what you see, when no window is open), Downloads (where browsers download files by default to), Movies, Music (iTunes library is stored there) and Pictures (iPhoto stores its library there).


Also, if I want to forward an email with an attachment, will that file stay attached when I click forward? I tried to do that, but I don't see where the attached files are.
That I don't know, as I don't use Mail, but you could test it with a test email to another email address of yours or an email address of a friend.

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