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    Mac Hard drives

    A shot in the dark since this is a PC place, but I have both PC's and one Mac, and a question about the later.

    With PC's, I know how to view the contents of the hard drive and clean out the chaff to keep things reasonably neat. But with the mac (a macbook pro), I don't know how to do that. I can see that the drive is about 3/4 full, but don't know how to see what makes up those files. There are four accounts and I can see (kind of) the files that are related to my account (the "owner" of the laptop), but I cannot see any files associated with any of the other accounts.

    I want to delete some of the files from the hard drive and free up space. Can anyone suggest how best to do that?

    The other three accounts are for my two children and one guest.

    All thoughts welcome and thanks in advance.

    Douglas

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    Re: Mac Hard drives

    Hi Doug

    Let me qualify my answer by first saying I'm a fairly new user to iMac O/S. I am also the only user on my computer so I don't face the same difficulties you do. What I have done, is purchase an external hard drive, formatted for use with my iMac and moved my data over to it to free up my internal hard drive.

    Also while trying to figure out how to answer your questions, I found this page. The answer to the poster's question contains useful information about moving the iTunes and iPhoto libraries, etc.

    The administrative privileges that we have as PC users seem to be emulated by being the Root user of Mac. I have never tried this because I am unfamiliar with how to be safe while exploring my Mac as Root. When I do try it, I will have a complete back up made of my Mac! There is lots of information on the web regarding accessing Root. Personally, I think I'd have your kids get busy and delete or save their data over to the external hard drive. Or if they won't, I'd log in as them and complete the tasks. <img src=/S/evilgrin.gif border=0 alt=evilgrin width=15 height=15> <img src=/S/laugh.gif border=0 alt=laugh width=15 height=15>

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    Re: Mac Hard drives

    Hello Douglas,

    In the upper left hand corner of your screen you should see the equivalent to "My Computer" on a PC. Double Click on it's Icon and you open the 'Finder', similar but not the same as an Explorer window.

    In the resulting window, to the left of the right/left arrow buttons you should see three boxes (four smaller boxes in a grid, some lines and some columns. Make sure the column box is selected. Then in the left hand column, at the bottom you should see a little house icon next to each user - click on the user you want and the directories & sub-directories will be shown in the columns to the left.

    Hope this helps ...

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    Re: Mac Hard drives

    Thanks for chipping in.

    When I open Finder, I see only my account (the house icon you mentioned). I don't see the other three accounts that are set up on this laptop.

    Any suggestions on how I can change that?

    Douglas

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    Re: Mac Hard drives

    Excuse me - I only have one 'user' on my Mac. I suggest the 'Skitterbug' solution. Log off, and log back in using one of the other three accounts - the house icon should change to that particular user - and you can then see that user's files.

    However, I would guess that the excess files/data/applications isn't under the individual user accounts - it's more likely to be in the 'common' area. In the finder window, click on your hard disk - you will see the same (or almost the same) folders as under each individual user - Applications, desktop, documents, library, System etc (check the folder 'Users here, to see if you can access the other accounts). Normally any new Application is installed here, rather than under a user account.

    Good luck, and let me know if/how I can help more.

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