How to unhide a file or folder in Snow Leopard?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by dfine1966, Jun 24, 2011.

  1. dfine1966 macrumors 6502

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    I have searched and I am new to the Mac. I really not sure how to use Terminal to see hidden files. My problem is that I got a new cell phone, HTC EVO 3D, and need to copy the contents of the microSD card onto the computer, to transfer the files to a larger microSD card. The problem is the files are hidden. When I had Windows, it was easy to unhide files and folders. I can't figure out how to do it in MacOS Snow Leopard. Is there and easier way. Possible a program that will do this. Or at least a way to unhide everything and an easy way to put it back to the way it was afterwards. Any help would be appreciated. I need to copy the Green Hornet 3D movie from one microSD card to my new one.
     
  2. kresh macrumors 6502a

    kresh

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    Pathfinder is a "Finder" replacement, it does everything. It has a free trial period. Finder is OS X's weakness in my opinion.
     
  3. dfine1966 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is it safe to purchase through the program? Also, will it work with Lion?
     
  4. kresh, Jun 24, 2011
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    kresh macrumors 6502a

    kresh

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    PathFinder is the finest utility I have ever purchased. After using it for the trial period I purchased it through the program several years ago (for 10.4 Tiger) and had no problems. It was just a Hyper Text link that sent me to their web store. I am not sure how the in-program purchasing works now. Sorry.

    I also have ForkLift (I got it free during MacHeist a few years ago) and I love the built-in FTP and connectivity but I think Pathfinder is much better.

    I would try them both.

    Pathfinder's Lion Compatibility


    edit: There is another program that you may be interested in: TotalFinder. TotalFinder actually hacks functionality into Apple's Finder. It will allow you to view hidden files, use dual pane browsing and tabbed browsing. I used this during the trial but did not purchase.

    My Appologies for stringing this out like I did.
     
  5. Jagardn macrumors 6502a

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    Here is a link on how to do it through the terminal, and there is a way to revert back. So really you could write a bash script and make an Automator service to do the same sequence and change the hide/unhide properties whenever you want. Here is the link.

    http://www.ehow.com/how_2274100_hidden-files-mac-os-x.html
     
  6. dfine1966 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Thanks. I tried Path Finder and it did what I needed to do. I ended up buying it after using it for a few hours.

    Thanks again.
     

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