Managing files on your Apple MacBook hard drive

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NOTE: This article is under construction. --Ken Graetz (talk) 18:51, 6 July 2014 (CST)

Your MacBook hard drive

  • On a MacBook, all of the space on the single hard drive is assigned to one partition called MacBook Pro/Air # where the number represents the year it was distributed (e.g., MacBook Pro 13). Open your hard drive by double-clicking the MacBook Pro/Air # drive icon on your desktop.
  • To help you keep your files organized, WSU created some folders in your Home folder on your hard drive. You can open your Home folder by opening up your hard drive, opening up the Users folder, and opening the Home folder (the one with the icon that looks like a house and that is named with your username). Another way to get to your Home folder is to select the Go menu and select Home.
  • Inside your Home folder, you will find seven sub-folders: Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Movies, Music, Pictures, and Public.

All WSU laptops have a default folder called Documents. one hard drive that is partitioned in the following way:

  • For PC laptops distributed prior to summer 2012, the space on the hard drive was divided into two partitions. The formatted volumes were labeled "Boot/Programs (C:)" and "Data (D:)." You were encouraged to keep your personal folders and files on D:, while C: was reserved for system files and applications. Since then, we have been allocating all of the hard ive space to a single partition and volume labeled "Boot/Programs/Data (C:)."

Where your laptop folders and files might be stored

You have full administrative rights to your laptop. That means you have the ability to save your files just about anywhere on your laptop's hard drive. You may have saved things, intentionally or unintentionally, to locations other than the ones we configured. It's up to you to find and manage those folders and files.

  • Desktop folder
  • Downloads folder