"private" folder in Macintosh HD

Discussion in 'macOS' started by devburke, Feb 5, 2010.

  1. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    So my HD failed, and I restored from Time Machine with a new HD. Since then, there's a new folder at the base of the HD called "private". I figured maybe it used to be hidden, but my old backups don't have private folder, even a hidden one. Should I use Terminal to add a period and make it invisible? Is it safe to trash (probably not)?

  2. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030


    Oct 31, 2007
    Austin, TX
    The /private directory is indeed supposed to be hidden, but don't just tack a . to the beginning as that might break some paths the system needs. In Terminal type
    sudo chflags hidden /private
    and enter your admin pass when requested. That should take care of it.

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