Folders On HDD Showing Up As Files/Cannot Access Files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by oliverames, May 10, 2016.

  1. oliverames macrumors member


    Aug 10, 2011
    Hey guys, I have a WD Passport (maybe 2 years old) that has about 900 gigs of files on it. Today I moved, then deleted around 72 gigs of stuff. After the delete, the finder seemed to hang so I relaunched the finder. After relaunch, the folders on the external drive show up as files. When I double click them they open, but do not show the files inside. I've deleted plists, repaired disk permissions, nothing. When I try to eject the drive it says a program is using it, but no program that I can find is actually using it. Any ideas?

    I should also mention that I transferred files to the drive, the finder crashed and gave me error -50. Not sure what that is and can't find any documentation online...
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G5


    Feb 20, 2009
    Something to try:

    - Power down the Mac, ALL THE WAY OFF
    - Disconnect drive
    - Power the Mac back up, get to the finder
    - Plug drive back in
    - Wait a while (while finder tries to repair drive)

    Does this improve anything? (no promises)
  3. JohnDS macrumors 65816

    Oct 25, 2015
    Run Repair Disk on the external drive using Disk Utility.

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