Resolved Mac OS X Orphaned files

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  1. tiagocc0, Dec 7, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2014

    tiagocc0 macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2014
    I was using hardlink ( to point an important folder to my new google drive folder and my machine crashed. Right now I have no access to OS X so I connected my HDD to a Windows 10 machine with bootcamp drivers installed. I can see all files there, but my senstive folder looks a file, instead of being a folder.. So I can't enter the folder to get the files and I believe the files are still there. Orphaned.

    Any suggestions? It could be applications and steps when using Windows or OS X as I'm trying to get access to a mac computer to try to recover those files.
  2. Intell macrumors P6


    Jan 24, 2010
    The Boot Camp HFS drivers don't know what hard links are. Only Mac OS X 10.5 can access the referenced files/folders.
  3. IHelpId10t5 macrumors 6502

    Nov 28, 2014
    Can you simply use the Google Drive web interface to recover (download) your files? Just my initial thought.
  4. tiagocc0, Dec 7, 2014
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2014

    tiagocc0 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 7, 2014
    That's something I hope to be true.
    But wouldn't the original folder still remain a folder? If both folders becomes different then what you said is true and I'm praying for it to be true!

    I was just preparing to start uploading the files so I only got the folder structure but no files..

    EDIT: I got the HDD to a friend who have a mac, what Intell said is true, bootcamp doesn't recognize the hardlink, and also both folder become like that.
    Inside OS X I was able to access the folder. Resolved!

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