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What are swapfiles??


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I am going through different things to erase on my harddrive and i found a folder named vm that has swapfiles. They are 512 ,256,126, 64 mb files and they are named swapfile1, swapfile2, etc. are these important files or can i erase them?
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Swapfiles are virtual memory files:

If your RAM is full, OS X will move some RAM data onto the harddrive to free up RAM for other applications.

It will be deleted/replaced automatically as required by the system - don't manually delete it!
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Thanx good thing i didnt delete it.
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