MacOS can't save view options for non Apple Partitions

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  1. leandrobremer macrumors newbie

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    After years of asking why would Finder forget some folders view options I've come to realise that it has to do with it's partition type. If a HDD or SSD is formated as something like ExFat (non-Apple) Finder won't save view options for those folders.

    Is there a workaround it?
     
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    I don't know about a workaround, but I can give some more explanation as to why.

    Apple's file systems are actually made specifically for functions like this, and directories and files have a metadata fork on the file system for storing information, like Finder's view options.

    I thought macOS was meant to create a hidden ._DSStore file for file systems that don't support it though, to store the same info
     
  3. leandrobremer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I dont understand why they cant simply do it. If I access a network folder Ill have to readjust the view options almost everytime I acess it (if i close Finder)... If I save something from Photoshop straight into the network, the saving document window will always be in the wrong place a files unarrenged. I hate that! I hate Finder :)
     
  4. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    Hmmm. I think it may just be a network drive thing. I just tried on my USB attached ExFAT drive, and it did save the view option.

    If you hate Finder, why not use an alternate file browser?
     
  5. leandrobremer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It will save but if you restart Finder (alt+right click on it's dock Icon) the saved view option will be gone. There's no way I know how to substitute Finder. I could use Alternate Finder e.g but everytime I'm going to save a file or something, Finder will pop up and the window will be unconfigured :(
     
  6. casperes1996 macrumors 68040

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    I killed Finder via the Terminal when I tested. "sudo killall Finder" - I don't think sudo is necessary for that now that I think about it, but whatever.

    Finder replacements of course won't change other applications' reliance on Finder for things like Save and Open prompts since that's using a system API, but for the main app itself you can use a different file browser
     
  7. leandrobremer thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yeah, indeed! For some things I use Adobe Bridge but anyways, still I can't understand why doesn't they simply make it better. I guess I'll to live with forever or until some better OS comes up... Revolutionary Apple is gone, I'd say!
     
  8. teidon macrumors 6502

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    If you don’t have write access to the drive(s) in question (no permission, unsupported file system...) Finder can’t create .DS_Store file to store the settings.

    But if you can write to those drives I don’t know why the settings aren’t saved or are being ignored. Do look at this though: https://www.tekrevue.com/tip/stop-ds-store-files-mac-network/
     

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