02-11-2009, 06:37 PM
I am having a similar problem with an old "User" folder.
The user was the previous owner of the computer, and I figured he had deleted all his stuff before turning it over to me. I took a look at the folder a while back, but it was entirely empty so I didn't pay any further attention to it.
Lately I've been running out of HD space and keep having to delete files to give myself more leeway, so while searching for dispensable files to delete I came across the folder again and took another look.
The folder contains three entirely empty sub-folders titled: Desktop, documents, and library. When I use the Get Info
feature, however, it says that it is taking up over 30GB of space!
The folder is still in the Users
directory, but the user doesn't show up as an account in System Preferences.
I would like to know if there is any way to deal with this. I considered just putting the folder in the trash, but wasn't sure if this could mess with the computer's functioning in any way as the user was the previous admin. Additionally, when I tried copying and pasting the folder into another area a box popped up to inform me that it was preparing to copy x number of files (the number kept increasing until I hit cancel), so it appears that something is indeed in there.
Does anyone know of a way to see any hidden files in the folder, or know if I can safely delete the folder outright without potentially causing future problems?
Appreciate any assistance people can provide.