How do you delete hidden files on a Mac?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by AdamA9, Jan 7, 2011.

  1. macrumors 6502a

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    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.
     
  2. macrumors 6502a

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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.
     
  3. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    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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    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​
     
  5. thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I know how to view hidden files, I can see them, they just don't delete.
     
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    GGJstudios

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    nick_elt

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    Hey thanks that worked great
     
  8. macrumors 603

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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:".
     
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    Mr_Brightside_@

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    The third to last post was from 2011, so one hopes the op got it sorted
     
  10. macrumors 603

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    Sigh. Insufficient caffeination.
     

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