Sidebar questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by OldMarketMeg, Dec 24, 2016.

  1. OldMarketMeg macrumors member

    OldMarketMeg

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    Location:
    Omaha
    #1
    I am running El Capitan.

    In the Sidebar under Devices, I see...
    - Meg P's MacBook Pro
    - Macintosh HD
    - Remote Disk​

    1.) How would you describe what Meg P's MacBook Pro represents?

    2.) How would you describe what Macintosh HD represents?

    3.) How would you describe what Remote Disk represents?


    In the Sidebar under Favorites, I see...
    - Meg P
    - Desktop
    - Documents
    - Applications​

    4.) How would you describe what Meg P represents?


    Thanks. :)
     
  2. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

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    Location:
    Warrington, UK
    #2
    Hmm...Ok, I'll bite:
    1. A Macbook Pro called Meg P
    2. The internal hard drive of Meg P's MacBook Pro
    3. A hard drive not belonging to Meg P's MacBook Pro
    4. The Home Folder on Meg P's MacBook Pro, called Meg P

    Hope that's what you were after.
     
  3. OldMarketMeg thread starter macrumors member

    OldMarketMeg

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    Omaha
    #3
    From what I can tell Meg P's MacBook Pro represents my MacBook and everything attached to it. Is that right?

    Does Remote Disk represent anything plugged into my Mac, like a thumbdrive or an external hard-drive?

    Does the Home folder mean that is everything under my control on the Mac, and represent my user account?
     
  4. KALLT macrumors 601

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    #4
    Remote Disc is a feature with which you can access optical discs on other computers in the network, if they support this. Your home directory is your personal domain, in which you can do whatever you want (except deleting certain folders at the top).
     
  5. DeltaMac macrumors 604

    DeltaMac

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    Location:
    Delaware
    #5
    Meg P's MacBook Pro is your computer (the macOS name for your computer)
    Macintosh HD is your hard drive (or more accurately, the volume that you are booted from)
    Remote Disk allows your Mac to access files on a disk shared from another computer, usually used to access CDs or DVDs on another computer. You won't see that choice if your own Mac has an internal optical drive, or you have an external optical drive attached.

    Finally, Meg P is whoever set up your Mac, and in fact, is your computer's name.

    You can easily change that name in System Preferences/Sharing pane.
    You will see that your computer's name is Meg P's MacBook Pro
    You can then change "Computer Name" to whatever you like.
    You can even get creative when doing that.
    My Computer's name, for example, is "Bobaloo" for reasons that I refuse to divulge.
    But, I have never seen another computer with the same name, so if I see that name on ANOTHER computer, I know that it is seeing MY computer, and no one else's, on the network.
     
  6. Dave Braine macrumors 68040

    Dave Braine

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    Location:
    Warrington, UK
    #6
    Yes. You'll find it here: Your Computer>MacintoshHD>Users>Meg P
     

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