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Old 12-12-2013, 02:12 PM
 
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I ran a disk inventory of my Macintosh OS. It showed that my "Users" folder took up 30GB of space and contains 90K files.

I know the "Library" folder contains system utilities necessary for proper function, but what is stored in the "Users" folder?

I am the only user of this particular computer, and I offloaded all music, pictures, and documents. What else specific to a particular user profile would be stored?
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Old 12-12-2013, 03:33 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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As far as I understand it, the User Folder is as follows: lest say that you buy a new Mac and go through the process of creating a "User account." This is done when you start-up a new computer. That's where you enter your user name, and admin password. This is your user folder.

If you go to System Preferences, then look for a folder called "User and Groups" and click on it, you will see:
"Current User" and the name you used to create your computer account. If you created an admin account, it will show as such in there.

If there are more than one user account and you logoff, when you enter your username and password the computer opens your user folder only, and everything you see on the desktop or any other place throughout the computer is your stuff only (music, photos, documents, and so on). Another user only sees his or her own files and folders, not yours. They have their own user folder.

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Old 12-13-2013, 03:17 PM
 
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I am the only user of this particular computer, and I offloaded all music, pictures, and documents. What else specific to a particular user profile would be stored?
The user folder is
  • Desktop
  • Documents
  • Downloads
  • Movies
  • Music
  • Pictures
  • Public
  • Sites
  • Applications

amongst others that can get in there from other applications (e.g. Dropbox, Parallels, etc.)

Do you use iPhoto? That library can get big quickly. Open your user folder, select all the folders in it at the same time ⌘+a, then ⌘+i (Get Info), let OS X calculate the size of each and see where the bulk of the data is.
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Old 12-31-2013, 01:35 AM
 
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The User folder is just how the directory works. It's not an extra folder it is just another way to access the users folders. It doesn't duplicate files.

There may be things in the User folder that is the best way to locate them, they don't show up just going through the name of the user on the desktop.
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Old 12-31-2013, 12:02 PM
 
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The big one is probably your user Library folder, where lots of applications store data (mail, phone backups, browser cache, etc). Your music folder can also get pretty big, since iTunes insists on dumping album artwork there even if you move your actual music elsewhere. iPhoto can eat up a lot of space.
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Old 12-31-2013, 10:31 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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The big one is probably your user Library folder, where lots of applications store data (mail, phone backups, browser cache, etc). Your music folder can also get pretty big, since iTunes insists on dumping album artwork there even if you move your actual music elsewhere. iPhoto can eat up a lot of space.
You can choose to add album artwork or not in iTunes.
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Old 01-01-2014, 12:04 AM
 
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You can choose to add album artwork or not in iTunes.
So? If you do want the artwork, iTunes will put it in your Users folder even if you moved the actual music elsewhere. It is possible to get around it though by copying the artwork and actual library elsewhere, then pointing iTunes to that location.
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Old 01-01-2014, 09:45 PM
 
Location: Not far from Fairbanks, AK
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So? If you do want the artwork, iTunes will put it in your Users folder even if you moved the actual music elsewhere. It is possible to get around it though by copying the artwork and actual library elsewhere, then pointing iTunes to that location.
If you don't want to artwork, set iTunes not to download the artwork. In this case, if you burn a CD and want to print the cover for the album, you just won't be able to do it unless you download the artwork for it.

Look at iTunes "preferences," and then "Store."
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