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Robert4

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Apr 20, 2012
499
23
Hi,

Have been trying to install a program, but have given up.
Not really important. Deleted everything having to do with it on my desktop, where, i thought, all of it resided.

But I found "remnants" or something having to do with it, in "cleverfiles"

Zillions of entries. Used Easy Find to find them; a great free FIND program by the way.

Anyway, I was able to see them all in the Finder, after telling the Finder to make "Hidden" visible. Dozens of Folders, with "zillions of entries in them having to do with the program I thought I deleted (via what was showing from it on the desktop)

Just curious:

What is cleverfiles ?
Apple install it, or some third party ?
Virus ?

Or,...?

Thanks,
Bob
 

cmaier

macrumors Penryn
Jul 25, 2007
24,545
31,495
California
Hi,

Have been trying to install a program, but have given up.
Not really important. Deleted everything having to do with it on my desktop, where, i thought, all of it resided.

But I found "remnants" or something having to do with it, in "cleverfiles"

Zillions of entries. Used Easy Find to find them; a great free FIND program by the way.

Anyway, I was able to see them all in the Finder, after telling the Finder to make "Hidden" visible. Dozens of Folders, with "zillions of entries in them having to do with the program I thought I deleted (via what was showing from it on the desktop)

Just curious:

What is cleverfiles ?
Apple install it, or some third party ?
Virus ?

Or,...?

Thanks,
Bob
Do you have (or did you have) the app “disk drill” installed? If so, cleverfiles directory is from that app.
 

Robert4

macrumors 6502
Original poster
Apr 20, 2012
499
23
Hi,

Thanks for information.

Yes, it was Disk Drill.
Funny, but I sure don't remember installing it, but maybe ?

Is this a program worth having/using ? Not familiar with it at all.

What value is it if it (only) backs up to created files on the Mac, and not
someplace else/safe ?

I do my Mac backups now to an external HD via Carbon Copy Cloner (CCC).

Regards, and thanks again,
Bob
 

tuckerdogavl

macrumors member
Jan 13, 2009
32
1
I just found these because I used the "About this Mac" > Storage > Manage ... I would like to access some of the mp4 that have strings out about 25 letters and numbers. I have no idea why they are in my system>etc etc. I cannot see them using the Finder. I'm assuming they are hidden, but I don't recall the secret in seeing hidden files. Can someone help me figure this out?

I dragged a couple to my desktop. I see them, but when I click nothing happens. I'm now using BigSur where apparently Apple has decided that APPLETV is the only way to view your own files (like they screwed up iTunes). These aren't movies, tv shows, purchased, rented, shared... they are things I have created using iMovie (And can't WAIT to use iMovie now in Big Sur and see where that takes me.

So, what's going on here? There is quite a chunk of storage space being used and I can't apparently do anything that Big Sur suggest I do. Delete causes spins. Rename isn't allowed. Get info just tells me the info.
 

DeltaMac

macrumors G4
Jul 30, 2003
11,511
3,373
Delaware
If those are some sort of video (an MP4 is a video format), you should be able to view the files by clicking once on the file to select it, then press your space bar. You will either get a viewer window, running the video, or just a generic window showing the name of the file, and minimal info (Works exactly like that, even in Monterey, so you should see something in Bug Sur, too, assuming that the files are actually video files.
Press space again to toggle out of that window.

You can see hidden files after pressing the keyboard shortcut Shift-Cmd-. (the . is a period)
When you are done, toggle invisibility again with the same Shift-Cmd-.
If the system won't allow you to delete those files, boot to safe mode, then try deleting the files.
If THAT doesn't work, boot to your recovery system, where you can disable SIP. Restart, and again try to delete those files.
You should be successful with one of those steps. (I suggest that you re-enable SIP when you are done, if you needed to disable SIP to remove those files)
 

Fishrrman

macrumors Core
Feb 20, 2009
22,969
8,746
Hmmm....

Disk Drill is a data-recovery app, if I recall.
What follows is speculation on my part.

I'm wondering if the OP tried to run Disk Drill. If he did, DD would start to "scan" the drive, attempting to "recover" files on it.

As part of the file recovery process, DD may have started to "build" a recovered files archive, saving data to [what would normally be] "an external scratch drive".

Instead of saving to an actual separate drive, perhaps DD started to "recover" data to the OP's internal drive?

What is this "cleverfiles" you refer to?
Is it a folder named "cleverfiles"?
Is it an app?
You're not being clear.

I'm thinking that if all this unwanted stuff is IN a folder named "cleverfiles" (you will have to do a CAREFUL examination to ascertain this), you could probably delete the entire folder and be done with it.
But... do so at your own risk.

If you already have a recent CCC cloned backup, then you should be covered.
 
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