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Should an Alias have files in it?

163 Views 4 Replies Latest reply: Apr 3, 2013 10:25 AM by stikygum RSS
stikygum Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 3, 2013 9:04 AM

I made an Alias for a big file I have from a secondary hard drive and put this Alias on my main 'OS' drive. I was thinking the correct place for an Alias is the main internal OS hard drive and the actual file it's pointing to will be on the secondary drive. Let me know if I don't have this correct.


My Alias file seems to have all the original files in it. This is a problem for me since it's a big file and I'm running out of space on my main hard drive. I was thinking the Alias is just like a shortcut without any info that would point to the actual file (on the secondary drive).


Since the Alias seemed to duplicate those files from the original (all 30 GB), is it Ok to delete the content in the Alias? I wanted the Alias to just be a shortcut and not have a bunch of GBs of data in it.

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), Model 8.3, 8GB Ram 750GB 5400rpm HD
  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,705 points)
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    Apr 3, 2013 9:08 AM (in response to stikygum)

    1. An alias can be located anywhere.

    2. Select the alias in the Finder and choose Get Info from the File menu. It should be no more than 2MB in size.

    3. See #2.



  • Niel Level 10 Level 10 (234,705 points)
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    Apr 3, 2013 9:43 AM (in response to stikygum)

    An alias is just a shortcut; opening it will do the same thing as opening the original. To check how much space the alias is really taking up, use the Get Info command on it as described above instead of opening it.




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