Question on Old System Folder and duplicate Apps folder

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  1. iSaint macrumors 603

    iSaint

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    I'm on my second Apple computer, a G4 Powerbook. I used Migration Assistant to bring my data and programs over from my old iBook. I have found two folders that I want to know more about. I'm not so worried about HD space at this point.

    One is the System Folder (from old Mac). It is what it says. Do I need to retain this folder and its contents?

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    The other I have just discovered. It is a completely duplicated Applications folder within the (Computer Name)>Applications folder. How did this happen, and should I / can I delete its contents?

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    Thanks in advance...
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Migration Assistant is a bit buggy sometimes. You can delete the previous system folder and probably the Applications folder. Just make sure there's nothing in the second Applications folder that isn't already in the main one.

    If ever you're worried about whether you can delete a file or folder, there's a pretty neat way of finding out almost for sure. Simply drag it/them to the Trash and restart. Use the machine normally for a day/week/fortnight or whatever and if the system is acting normally, you can empty the Trash. The files in the Trash can't really be accessed by the system, so this will show you whether they're necessary or not. :)
     
  3. iSaint thread starter macrumors 603

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    Roger that, mad man! I'll give it a go this week. Thanks!!!
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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