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Old Jan 7, 2011, 12:37 PM   #1
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How do you delete hidden files on a Mac?

Might seem like a stupid question, but I have an SD card with hidden files filling it up to capacity. I want to delete these but I can't. I can see them, but when I hit delete it makes that noise that says you cant do this, and I cannot drag to the bin either.

Any ideas? Thanks.
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Old Jan 7, 2011, 12:40 PM   #2
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Assuming there's nothing on it you want to keep, it's probably easiest to simply reformat it. If you're using it in a digital camera, it's usually best to reformat it in the camera.
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Old Jan 7, 2011, 12:44 PM   #3
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Assuming there's nothing on it you want to keep, it's probably easiest to simply reformat it. If you're using it in a digital camera, it's usually best to reformat it in the camera.
I don't want to reformat it. I borrowed it from my girlfriend to test out the GoPro, but now I cannot delete anything from it LOL. I have to put her pictures back on it that were on it before. She used it for a photo thing I believe
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Old Jan 7, 2011, 01:43 PM   #4
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To show hidden files in Finder, enter the following two commands into a Terminal window (press enter after each line):
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder
To hide hidden files in Finder, enter the following two commands into a Terminal window (press enter after each line):
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder
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Old Jan 7, 2011, 01:50 PM   #5
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To show hidden files in Finder, enter the following two commands into a Terminal window (press enter after each line):
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder
To hide hidden files in Finder, enter the following two commands into a Terminal window (press enter after each line):
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder
I know how to view hidden files, I can see them, they just don't delete.
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Old Jan 7, 2011, 01:56 PM   #6
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I know how to view hidden files, I can see them, they just don't delete.
You can't empty the Trash or move a file to the Trash
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Old May 14, 2013, 12:27 PM   #7
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To show hidden files in Finder, enter the following two commands into a Terminal window (press enter after each line):
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
killall Finder
To hide hidden files in Finder, enter the following two commands into a Terminal window (press enter after each line):
defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder
Hey thanks that worked great
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Old May 14, 2013, 12:47 PM   #8
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I know how to view hidden files, I can see them, they just don't delete.
Can you create a folder? Can you do anything that changes the SD card?

Maybe the problem is the SD card is in a format that OS X only reads but can't write, like NTFS.

Open Disk Utility.app, select the volume, and post what it says at the lower left of the window for "Format:".
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Old May 14, 2013, 01:32 PM   #9
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Can you create a folder? Can you do anything that changes the SD card?

Maybe the problem is the SD card is in a format that OS X only reads but can't write, like NTFS.

Open Disk Utility.app, select the volume, and post what it says at the lower left of the window for "Format:".
The third to last post was from 2011, so one hopes the op got it sorted
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The third to last post was from 2011, so one hopes the op got it sorted
Sigh. Insufficient caffeination.
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