Remove Desktop DB/DF files?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by macstatic, Mar 3, 2015.

  1. macstatic macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005
    Can I safely remove the Desktop DB and Desktop DF files which are present on some of my external hard drives? From what I've read they're files belonging to the pre-OSX era, containing file-ownership/creator info.
    I don't know how they got there in the first place (I've never used those drives with a pre-OSX system, but come to think of it I vaguely seem to recall some sort of "MacOS 8/9 compatibility" in OSX 10.4 or 10.5. Not sure...

    Anyway, do these files have any meaning now, or can I safely delete them without risking data loss or other problems. I'm on OSX 10.6.8.
  2. grahamperrin macrumors 601


    Jun 8, 2007
    Yes, it's safe to remove the files. Neither is used by modern versions of the OS.
  3. macstatic thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2005

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