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17th January 2008, 09:16 PM
Hi guys,

I'm cleaning out my Hard Drive and have stumbled across this 2GB file called 'sleepimage' located in /private/var/vm. Can I remove it?

Also, my GarageBand (which I rarely use) Application Support folder is 2.32GB. Is there anyway I can move them to another hard drive and use them only when I need to?


17th January 2008, 09:24 PM
The former is the file that contains the data from memory when the computer is sleeping, so no. You should never touch anything in /private unless you specifically know what you're doing.

The Garageband folder, indeed, you can move it. I'm not sure if making an alias to its contents on an external HD will work. Those gigs are all the sound loops that come with Garageband by default.

17th January 2008, 09:38 PM
Whether or not it is dangerous to remove the sleepimage file, it would just create another one in its place next time you put the computer to sleep anyway, so even if you did delete it you would only free up space temporarily.

17th January 2008, 09:44 PM
2GB's...what the hell does it keep in that thing!

Thanks for your help.

21st January 2008, 08:57 PM
It keeps an image of your ram (yes, that includes the idle bit). You have 2gb of ram no?