Files on external HD not visible in OSX

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mojohojo, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. mojohojo macrumors regular

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    #1
    i've got an external hard-drive that is probably NTFS (because i am unable to write when in OSX. however, some files and folders on it are missing when viewing in OSX. but when i switch to windows, they are there. whats causing this?
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    #2
    Do they have names starting with a full stop/period/dot? :)
     
  3. rhoydotp macrumors 6502

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    #3
    try running "disktool -l" and see what fstype that it say for the disk

    Code:
    mackoy:/usr/lib rhoy$ disktool -l 
    ***Disk Appeared ('disk3s2',Mountpoint = '', fsType = '', volName = '')
    ***Disk Appeared ('disk3s3',Mountpoint = '/Volumes/BlackPod', fsType = 'hfs', volName = 'BlackPod')
    ***Disk Appeared ('disk3s1',Mountpoint = '', fsType = '', volName = '')
    ***Disk Appeared ('disk3',Mountpoint = '', fsType = '', volName = '')
    ***Disk Appeared ('disk1',Mountpoint = '', fsType = '', volName = '')
    ***Disk Appeared ('disk1s1',Mountpoint = '', fsType = '', volName = '')
    ***Disk Appeared ('disk1s3',Mountpoint = '/Volumes/Data USB', fsType = 'hfs', volName = 'Data USB')
    ***Disk Appeared ('disk0',Mountpoint = '', fsType = '', volName = '')
    ***Disk Appeared ('disk0s1',Mountpoint = '', fsType = '', volName = '')
    ***Disk Appeared ('disk0s2',Mountpoint = '/', fsType = 'hfs', volName = 'Macintosh HD')
    mackoy:/usr/lib rhoy$ 
    
     
  4. Eraserhead macrumors G4

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    #4
    The problem is buggy software to read NTFS, basically MS refuse to release the specs of NTFS so other systems can't read it reliably, reformat the hard drive to FAT32 on OS X, (Windows has a limit of 32GB, OSX doesn't) if you want to use it in OS X and Windows.
     

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