Hidden folder on hard drive ($RECYCLE.BIN)?

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  1. macrumors 65816

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    I've got a external hard drive in my car which I have a bunch of music files that my cars audio system plays.

    When browsing the file structure I have a folder that shows up while it's plugged in to the car but its not showing up when I plug it into the MBP.

    I've done some file searches and it comes back with no results or the file can't be found. I know its some kind of folder that Windows makes but I want to get rid of it so it doesn't show up in the folder list in the car.

    These are the hidden files that show up when I do a search on the hard drive for hidden files:

    .Trashes
    .DS_Store
    .DS_Store
    .DS_Store
    .iTunes Preferences.plist
    .Spotlight-V100

    I guess I can get rid of these files/folders because the car doesn't need them or does my MBP/iTunes need them, what do ya think?

    Ideas?
     
  2. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Everything but the .plist can be deleted. The .plist may be important, as it contains iTunes preferences.

    .Trashes
    .DS_Store
    Spotlight-V100 and Trashes Folders On USB Flash Drives
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for that information but....do you have any information on the $RECYCLE.BIN folder that shows up only while the external hard drive is plugged in to the car?

    That's the one I really want to get rid of, the Apple files are hidden so I don't see them in the cars file/folder structure.
     
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    grapes911

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    I believe $RECYCLE.BIN is the Windows equivalent of .Trashes.
     
  5. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    I didn't see it on your list (only in the thread title), but grapes911 is right. It's a Windows file and has nothing to to with Mac OS X.
     
  6. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Yeah, I know it's a Windows folder...I sometimes (rarely) plug it in to Bootcamp or it may be just plugged in while I restart the computer to boot to bootcamp and I don't use it on the Windows side.

    How can I find and delete that folder? It is just not showing up on the Mac side.
     
  7. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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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​
     
  8. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    That did it. It showed all of the files including the Windows folders/files.

    Wonder how come when I did a search from the search button and have it show all hidden files/folders the $RECYCLE.BIN folder didn't show up but the Apple files/folders did?
     
  9. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Probably because Spotlight hadn't indexed the drive.
     
  10. thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Ok, Thanks!
     

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