extra files on pc from mac

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by bocomo, Nov 26, 2008.

  1. bocomo macrumors 6502

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    #1
    sorry for the jumbled title but i was wondering if anyone could explain what the extra copies of my files are when i take them from a mac and look at the folder on a pc

    example:

    IMG000643.jpg
    .IMG000643.jpg

    the extra "copies" are almost nothing in file size and are grayed out

    what is the deal with these things?

    thanks
     
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

    mkrishnan

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    They store metadata relevant to OS X that cannot be placed in the file itself because of limitations of the filesystem you used...

    http://discussions.apple.com/thread.jspa?threadID=1547660&tstart=6

    If the files are not going back to a Mac, you can delete them and/or set up a macro or script to get rid of all of them. If they are going back to a Mac, you can also delete them but you will lose the associated metadata.
     
  3. bocomo thread starter macrumors 6502

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