What are Desktop DB, Desktop DF, and TheVolumeSettingsFolder for?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Perceptes, Jun 4, 2004.

  1. Perceptes macrumors member


    Mar 24, 2003
    San Diego, CA
    What do the following files do? What happens if you delete them? Is this a bad idea? Thanks!

    Desktop DB
    Desktop DF
  2. titaniumducky macrumors 6502a


    Nov 22, 2003
    They're hidden files that store system info. Leave them alone. Most likely, a replacement would auto-make itself, but you'd lose preferences. Still, it's better to just leave them alone.
  3. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

    Apr 28, 2004
    one remembers the size and placement of the application window. one remembers the folder settings. the other remembers an application's personal volume settings (different from the system volume which affects all applications). they have the tendency to make DVD's incompatible with DVD players if left in the folder.
  4. FattyMembrane macrumors 6502a


    Apr 14, 2002
    bat country
    those are invisible folders created by os9. if you aren't using os9, you can delete them. you can delete them even if you are using os9, but if you open the folder in os9 again, they will regenerate themselves. they determine how the files are displayed in the window, but have nothing to do with the data itself, so removing them will not harm your files.
  5. BrianKonarsMac macrumors 65816

    Apr 28, 2004
    they are also generated by OS X. i do not use OS 9, yet they are on my system. removing the files however, will not harm anything. i do not believe you can delete the files by throwing them in the trash however, even with sufficient privileges.
  6. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    If you throw them away, the OS will have to rebuild them. That is a waste of time, unless you are having a problem that rebuilding the desktop willl repair. Absent a problem, you discard those files only if you don't intend to use the disk on a Mac again. Otherwise, leave them alone.
  7. NusuniAdmin macrumors 6502a


    Nov 19, 2003
    i dont have os 9 installed

    I dont have os 9 installed and I dont have them, ergo os x does not create them :p

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