emergency. helpppp!. folders keep popping out

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  1. 88888888 macrumors 6502a

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    Hi, well here's the story. I accidently opened all the folders in an external hd. There were like almost 700 folders. new folders just keep popping out right now. Now it's basically all the finder's folders popping out. After all of them pops out.. the finder doesn't respond and then restarts over. the process just keeps going on and on. I can't quit out.
     
  2. winninganthem macrumors 6502a

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    Option+Command + Escape to Force Quit the Finder.
     
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  4. 88888888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I've already tried that both.
    I reseted my computer like 20 times.
    and when i try to force quit my application. it just repops up. also it only lets me "relaunch" but not force quit.
    after i force quit finder turns back on and all the folders open up again. omg
     
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  7. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Yes
     
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    ok.. no it doesn't work.. I think im gonna go to apple store tomorrow.. :mad:
     
  10. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    What exactly did you do? Highlight a bunch of folders and do File->Open (Command+O)?

    You may just have to wait until it's opened them all.
     
  11. 88888888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Yea.. pretty much.
    the problem is after all of them opens.. my thing just resets.
    like my mac hd and window's icon disappear. and then finder relaunches. then the whole process restarts
     
  12. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Did you try deleting the finder preference file?

    ~/Library/Preferences/com.apple.finder.plist

    Then relaunch finder
     
  13. 88888888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    ^
    wait.. ?
    how do i do that. lol
    I'm on the window's hd right now.
     
  14. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Go to your home folder, inside the Library/Preferences/ folder there is a file called com.apple.finder.plist

    Delete it, then relaunch finder (force quit)
     
  15. 88888888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    hmm.. i don't even think i can open my home folder right now...
    so many folders pop up.. i can't click it.
     
  16. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Can you run Terminal?
     
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    ok i tried the library/preference thing. it doesn't work...
    what about the terminal thing? i can run terminal. thanks.
     
  19. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Well, I was going to use terminal to delete the preference file if you couldn't get there through Finder, but since you did, it's kind of a moot point now.
     
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  21. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Is this an external that you use to connect to a windows machine as well, or is it purely connected to a mac?

    Each folder has a hidden file called .DS_Store that contains finder information about that folder. I think if you delete all of those then i think finder wont open the folders by default.
     
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  23. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Ok, boot into Windows, and look at your external. Delete the .DS_Store file from each folder, then reboot back into OSX and see what happens.
     
  24. 88888888 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    how do i look at the external hd, if im not running external hd.
     
  25. swiftaw macrumors 603

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    Didn't you say in your original post that the folders that kept opening were from an external hd?
     

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