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Why to Do It:

There are two desktop files: Desktop DB and Desktop DF. The DB file stores icon information, while the DF file stores the information about where on the desktop files are located. These two invisible files are created on each volume when the volume is first initialized. They are stored at the root level of each volume. They store information about the contents of the disk that is particularly important to the Finder. For example, they keep track of what custom icons are assigned to files, the links between documents and their creating applications, and the links between aliases and their original files. The text in the Comments boxes of Get Info windows is also stored here. Every time a file is added, deleted, or modified, the Desktop files are updated accordingly.

Note

System 6 used only one Desktop file, called Desktop. You may occasionally still see the single Desktop file on disks. If you discover this Desktop file on a current system, you can usually safely ignore it. However, it is also safe to delete it. Floppy disks use the lone Desktop file even in current versions of the Mac OS. This is because a volume needs to be greater than 2MB before it uses the dual Desktop files.



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