Cannot find hidden files (after using photorec)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by lil1998, Oct 23, 2012.

  1. lil1998, Oct 23, 2012
    Last edited: Oct 23, 2012

    lil1998 macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2010

    I used photorec for the first time to recover an SD card, and was a little confused using Terminal. Even though I was trying to select my external drive, it started recovering files from an 8GB memory card onto only 2.5GB of spare space on my internal drive.

    As soon as I saw this was happening, I quit photorec in the middle of the process. Tried it again and got all my photos back onto my external drive.

    The problem is, I cannot find those photorec files from the first attempt, and those files are still taking up 2GB of space on my internal drive. I know the name of the folder and the location, but nothing is showing. I saw another website that said writing this into Terminal: "defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE; killall Finder" would show all hidden files. Now many hidden files are showing, but NOT that photorec folder.

    Any ideas how to find it? Basically my computer's free space is so low, it's likely to stop booting up. I've deleted a ton of things (but as a graphic designer and photographer, I have too many huge files I need to keep). And I really just want to delete these unused photorec files!

    Please help...thank you!
  2. lil1998 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 1, 2010

    I sort of hate when this happens...after waiting overnight for an answer, and editing for clarity in the title...I finally found the hidden "Volumes" folder containing the photorec folder (I swear I couldn't see it yesterday).

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