What's the "\" symbol below the desktop icon mean?

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Geezerpaul, Oct 19, 2010.

  1. Geezerpaul macrumors newbie

    Oct 19, 2010
    A forward slash ("\") showed up suddenly below and a part of the desktop icon for the hard disk drive. It's never been there before, and I have no idea why it's there now or what it means. Everything seems to be running well, but I'd like to know what this symbol means and why it's there. Can anyone explain?
  2. angelwatt Moderator emeritus


    Aug 16, 2005
    Technically that's a back slash, but it's a common mistake. It's hard to be certain what you're talking about, but I believe you may have renamed your hard drive icon on the desktop to just \, which is right next to the delete and return key.
  3. Nermal Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    New Zealand
    My first thought was also that the hard drive had been renamed. This is purely a cosmetic change and won't affect anything. Simply select the hard drive, press Return, then type a new name.
  4. DewGuy1999 macrumors 68040


    Jan 25, 2009
    I agree with the other replies, sounds like you accidentally renamed your hard drive to "\". FYI: The default name for the hard drive is "Macintosh HD".

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