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terina's picture
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How do you access your root folder on a macbook pro??

please help? i'm new to mac & i don't know how to get to my root folder... sorry if this is a really silly question...

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3dogmama's picture
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These links might help:

http://www.mactricksandtips.com/2008/05/understanding-hidden-root-folders.html

http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1528?viewlocale=en_US

**and no question is ever silly if you don't know the answer** :)

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Guber's picture
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It took me longer to type my answer than to grab your links, 3dogs! Feel a little sheepish now... Thanks for the reading!

3dogmama's picture
1990 pencils

Hey, no worries. I was just too much on the fly today to type!
Cheers.
3Dog

"Without deviation from the norm, progress is not possible."
— Frank Zappa

"Art -- the one achievement of Man which has made the long trip up from all fours seem well advised." - James Thurber

Guber's picture
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Isn't the root folder just the "Macintosh HD"? I'm not a PC ninja, but my understanding is that the root folder is the highest folder in the computer's hierarchy... which on a mac is accessible via the "Macintosh HD" logo at the top right of your desktop, or under the "devices" section at the left of any finder window.

ireid's picture
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The "Root" of your hard drive is in the PC world known as the C: drive. Macs don't have that 'funny naming system' so the 'root' is, yes your own Hard drive that EVERYTHING resides.

HOWEVER In Mac OS X terminology 'Root' is used for something else. The 'Root' is a USER that has access to everything! He's otherwise known as the 'Superuser' and USUALLY you would NEVER have to log into you Mac as 'Root' (You should NEVER have to actually)

So just to understand the 'translation' Root of your drive is 'Macintosh HD' and 'Root user' is something you should never have to worry about. :)

So when someone tells you to go to the root of your Hard rive or the 'root of the folder' it USUALLY means (like a tree) the beginning of the folder hierarchy. Its JUST like going to 'My Computer' and choosing the C; drive. (yuck)

"Try not, Do! or do not, there is no try."
-Yoda

natobasso's picture
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Agreed with ireid, you probably don't want the "root" folder on the mac unless you want to write some seriously geeky code and mess with your unix backend directories...Can cause MAJOR problems if you don't know what you are doing.

What ARE you trying to do?
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