Hidden hard drive volumes (can't find files)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by live4ever, Sep 11, 2006.

  1. live4ever macrumors 6502a

    Aug 13, 2003
    Sometimes when I download various files to external drives (instead of my internal PowerBook drive) I can't find where they go but I know that they went to a specific drive.

    So then I did a sweep with OmniDiskSweeper it shows that some of my drives are numbered 1,2,3 etc. - so sometimes the files go to "Stuff 2" or "Stuff 3" but there is only one physical partition called Stuff.

    lees-powerbook-g4-15:/volumes Lee$ ls
    Acomdata        Docs            Panthro 2       Stuff           Stuff 3
    C$              Panthro         Storage         Stuff 1         Tigra
    Clone           Panthro 1       Storage 1       Stuff 2
    Anyone what's going on here?
  2. blodwyn macrumors 65816

    Jul 28, 2004
    Portland, Oregon
    I've had this occaisionally. It seems to happen with external devices which get mounted and dismounted a few times. My guess is that if a drive doesn't dismount properly, next time you mount it it adds an an incremental number to it in the Volumes folder. If you reboot it clears them all out and you're back to normal.

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