Whats all this CRAP on my new MBP?

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  1. Fazzl macrumors 6502a

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    In the Macintosh HD on my old MBP it has like 5 folders in here but my new MBP has so many more.

    My last one had: Library, Applications, Developer, etc, but not all the ones shown in the pic.

    Any ideas? And are they safe to delete?

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  2. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    NO they are NOT safe to delete. Those are supposed to be hidden. I'm not sure why they are not, but a reinstall would fix the problem.
     
  3. celticpride678

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    You have Invisible Folders on. Try turning them off in Terminal
     
  4. jmann macrumors 604

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    You should hide the hidden files. Then they will "go away". :)
     
  5. thegoldenmackid macrumors 604

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    If you delete them...you will open up a can of new funness...
     
  6. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

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    type this into terminal. this will hide the files/folders that are supposed to be hidden
    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
    
    
    killall Finder
     
  7. NP3 macrumors regular

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    You must have used one of the 'enable hidden system preferences' applications (like Mac Pilot) and clicked the "show hidden system files".

    Don't delete those files, they are the core of your system.

    Btw, you don't have to reinstall to get them hidden again. Just find one of those problems to change it back.
     
  8. bootedbear macrumors 6502

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    You must have done something to show the normally hidden folders.

    Deleting them is not advised.
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    Bets on if the OP deleted them already? :D
     
  10. guydude193 macrumors 6502a

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    I'm definitely in! He hasn't replied yet. lol :p
     
  11. Fazzl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    lol tried deleting one actually but it wouldnt delete so thats good.

    i tried running that code in terminal and nothing happened..maybe im not doing it correctly?
     
  12. macbookairman macrumors 6502a

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    make sure you enter it as two commands. so enter this
    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
    
    hit enter

    then type this
    Code:
    killall Finder
    finder should quit, then you can relaunch it from the dock
     
  13. Fazzl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    yup did just that but files are still there...
     
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  15. kryptonianjorel macrumors 6502

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    Sorry Bud, but it looks like you're going to have to return your mac, since it doesn't appear to like you.
     
  16. designgeek macrumors 65816

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    They don't have the "." before the folder name so they won't hide.

    +1 for reinstalling OSX.
     
  17. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    Maybe the OP just needs to do an Archive and Install. But if the OP doesn't really have anything on the mac, then yes a clean reinstall should fix that.
     
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    No, it's an intermittent bug that I've run into myself. There's an Apple knowledge base article about it, that I can't find right now.

    Edit: Here. The quickest way to fix it is to insert the Leopard DVD and do this from Terminal:

    cd /Volumes/Mac\ OS\ X\ Install\ DVD/
    cd System/Installation/Packages/OSInstall.mpkg/Contents/Resources/
    sudo ./SetHidden / hidden_MacOS9
     
  20. Fazzl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hmm when i got this mac, i got my own 500gb hdd to install and i installed a clean copy of leopard and restored from my time machine backup so maybe thats why there are here.

    also, i tried installing windows 7 on bootcamp a few days ago and it wouldn't let me partition, an error came up saying to reinstall the OS. in the step where you choose the partition size i also couldnt adjust it and each partition showed up as like 2000000000 gb so i dont know whats going on.

    i have used about 450gb out of 500gb on my mac so i hate to reinstall itl take so long to transfer everything
     
  21. designgeek macrumors 65816

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    I was wondering how this could happen, that explains it.

    /curiosity
     
  22. Fazzl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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  23. Fazzl thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    aight so i followed those directions and this is what i have now..better?

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    Hmm, it worked for me but maybe it was a slightly different article.
     
  25. Watabou macrumors 68040

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    I think you can go ahead and delete those alias folders. The original folders won't be deleted.
     

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