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2. Organizing Your Stuff > The Mac OS X Folder Structure

The Mac OS X Folder Structure

The icon for your hard drive (usually called Macintosh HD) may appear in the upper-right corner of your screen. But if you begin each morning by double-clicking it, like millions of other people who’ve grown used to older versions of the Mac OS, you’re in for a shock: Your stuff isn’t there.

All you’ll find in the Macintosh HD window is a set of folders called Applications, Library, and Users—folders you didn’t put there. (If you upgraded an existing Mac to Mac OS X 10.4, you’ll also see all your original hard drive folders nestled among them.)

Most of these folders aren’t very useful to you, the Mac’s human companion. They’re there for Mac OS X’s own use. Think of your main hard drive window as storage for the operating system itself, which you’ll access only for occasional administrative purposes.


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