"Apple Double" files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by -C-, Feb 21, 2011.

  1. -C- macrumors regular


    Jul 31, 2010
    Maybe this is the wrong place to ask but, does anybody know an easy way to delete multiple hidden ._ (dot underscore) files in Windows without doing it manually? I have possibly thousands of individual music files and many came from Apple machines along with these hidden files and I don't want to go through each folder.

    I'm trying to move my iTunes library to a NAS but apparently its Linux OS doesn't like files that start with "._" and stops me from uploading.

    ...also a related question:
    I'm going to get a MBP, my first Mac...well, since a Classic in the early 90's.
    Are these "Apple Double" files going to be a problem with my NAS, Windows, and possibly a Ubuntu OS?

    The main reason I recently bought a NAS for our home was for convenience across platforms - but I'm seeing some chatter about this type of file now and am a bit worried, though, I don't have a Mac yet...
  2. wrldwzrd89 macrumors G5


    Jun 6, 2003
    Solon, OH
    If your files are already on a Windows machine, the simplest solution I can think of is (assuming Windows XP, I don't know how to do this on Vista/7) to invoke Search Companion and search for files with a name of ._* - that will find them all. Note that this method also searches inside archives, but for obvious reasons you cannot delete any files found.
  3. -C- thread starter macrumors regular


    Jul 31, 2010
    ^ That did it, thanks for your help!

    I guess these files can be a pain but I'll figure it out after I get the Mac.

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