finder has problems showing folders& files on external drives on mac mini with 10.7.2

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  1. simon the diver, Dec 14, 2011
    Last edited: Dec 14, 2011

    simon the diver macrumors newbie

    Jan 26, 2010
    finder has problems showing folders& files on external drives on mac mini with 10.7.2

    this is affecting 2 external usb drives both mac formatted - ownership ignored

    i click on the drive and see nothing

    a refresh of the finder window will make the files appear

    if i click on a disclosure arrow, the arrow turns down but no files are displayed

    if i double click on the folder it opens that folder in an empty view - a refresh will bring the files visible

    interestingly if i eject the drive and plug back it , it will usually display the contents of folders already visited last time but not folders i hadn't looked at - they require a refresh

    programs such as iTunes can link to those files when they are not visible in finder

    also just realised that if i rename a file it doesn't take - it goes back to its previous name until a finder refresh is done

    I'm using a little app called refresh finder to force the refresh

    anyone else run into this - any suggestions

    cheers folks

  2. doormat macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2012
    finder has problems showing folders& files

    I'm experiencing the same - and not just with external HDs I may have connected (firewire or USB) but also with the Mini's own HDD.

    I'm unable to see inside some folders. Often, when I can see contents, the contents are incomplete - the most recent item is not visible, but it's there.

    This can affects any folder that I try to open in Finder.

    Double-clicking on a folder icon in Finder reveals an empty folder but the spinning wheel in folder window's bottom right hand corner just keeps spinning.

    Leaving the computer alone for an hour sometimes corrects this; a hard restart also corrects this.

    If I can't restart for work-flow reasons (often, as a restart can add 10 minutes each time, so I have to delay a restart), I can view those files within folders through other applications (I open, for example, Preview and then go to 'open file' and can see content that way).

    But, of course, you can't open files that couldn't be opened in that application ...

    I have no solutions yet.
  3. bgrove macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2010
    Did you all find any solution to this problem?
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008

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