Files not seen on external drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by UNCMo96, Jan 9, 2015.

  1. UNCMo96 macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2007
    I have a 3tb usb 3.0 wd my book drive formatted in ntfs. I have 2 macs: old imac (first alumium ones on 10.6.8) and a 15 inch mpb:r (first gen of the retinas).

    There are one or two folders that on the imac appear empty but on the mpb you can see the contents. Whats interesting is that i have plex on the imac and it can see the contents (it locates, ids, plays, and streams the movies on the external drive). I didn't see any extra hidden files when I tried to show hidden files.

    Any thoughts?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Try re-indexing your drive from the iMac: If that fails to index, enter the following command in Terminal:
    sudo mdutil -E /​
  3. UNCMo96 thread starter macrumors member

    Oct 26, 2007
  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009

    If you value what's on the drive, and if its primary usage is to be with your Macs, I STRONGLY SUGGEST that you reinitialize the drive to HFS+, journaling enabled.

    I've read of too many instances where someone was using a Mac with a "cross-formatted" (i.e., NOT HFS+) drive, and.... suddenly, the data on the drive just went.... "POOF!". Gone.

    If you need a "cross-platform" storage device with which to share files with a PC, get a USB flashdrive that is dedicated to that purpose.

    Use a Mac-formatted drive for Mac storage....

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