Alias in Finder, Full File in Windows

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by MJedi, Mar 26, 2012.

  1. MJedi macrumors 6502a


    Dec 16, 2010

    I ran into this issue at work and it has me stumped.

    We have a shared network drive, accessed through SMB only, that the Art team connects to for their InDesign documents (INDD). When accessed through the Finder, one of the files shows up as an alias. When we look at the same file through Windows Explorer, it is the complete file. Why the discrepancy? I'm guessing there was a bit or attribute that got switched in the file that makes it look like an alias in OS X. Besides, the file is 12MB in size, and I doubt an alias is that huge. Is there a way to revert this "alias" back to its original state? Thanks.
  2. Movad macrumors newbie

    Nov 14, 2012
    Fix - but not a solution

    I ran into this today as well - my solution was to copy the "Alias File" to a PC, this file still showed up as an Alias when I viewed it on the mac - but if I made a COPY of that file on the PC - the new copy of the file was identified as an actual file on the Mac - not an alias.

    DOn't know WHY it happens - but we are in the same situation (the folder is a networked folder that resides on a Windows Server - all of the mac customer files are located there.

    Hope this helps someone - and I hope you hadn't been waiting since March for a solution!


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