Finder and NTFS Drives...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by JoelBC, Dec 3, 2012.

  1. JoelBC macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    As a Windows user for 20+ years who is in the process of moving to a Mac I have a number of NTFS formatted drives such as a 2.0 TB WD My Passport...I am using these drives for a number of purposes...

    I have noticed that when I attach / mount these drives to my MBA some but all of the Windows hidden / system files appear...for example, when I attach / mount my 2.0 TB WD My Passport drives the files $RECYCLE.BIN and "System Volume Information" are displayed / shown...

    Is there are way -- as there is in Windows -- to prevent these files from showing on the Mac or, is it as I suspect, this is not possible because while these files are Windows system files they are not OS X system files which explains why "only some" of the Windows system files appear [i.e. continuing with the above example, there are some Windows system files that do not appear on OS X which I am assuming is a result of being a system file in both Windows and OS X].

    Thanks so much,

  2. justperry macrumors G3


    Aug 10, 2007
    In the core of a black hole.
    This is also the other way around, if you mount a HFS+ disk in windows(With other software) it will show MacOS files as well.

    What can you do about it, probably not much.
    If I had access to a windows machine I would try out something for you, like make those files invisible in OS X and then look if it still works in Windows, sadly can not help you here.

    Be careful if you do so, you could mess up the disk, although I think that if you mount them in OS X again and make them visible again there would be no damage.
  3. JoelBC thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Jun 16, 2012
    Appreciate you confirming my suspicion...I will leave things as they are...

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