Missing Files on External HDD on OSX but not Windows

Discussion in 'macOS' started by shaggy591a, Jan 5, 2013.

  1. shaggy591a macrumors newbie

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    Not sure if this is the right place for this. I am having a problem with files on an external HDD. I am moving files over from my windows pc to my Mac and they are not showing up as being on the drive in OS X. Now when I connect the Ex HDD on my Windows PC they are there, but when connected to my Mac they are not there. The Ex HDD is a seagate backup Plus drive and I have reformatted the drive to fat on my Mac and it still is not working. I have also tried and put the file in a spot that it is in the open, but still does not show up. Most files are fine but certain ones just don't work. Any ideas? Thanks.
     
  2. justperry macrumors 604

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    They might be invisible, if so you should make files visible and see if they show up.

    In terminal type:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles True
    Hit Enter key
    killall Finder
    Hit Enter key

    To reverse:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles False
    Hit Enter key
    killall Finder
    Hit Enter key
     
  3. shaggy591a thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks I will try that. I did notice that one of the folders starts with a . (Period), will that be why it does not show up on Mac but will with windows?
     
  4. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    that's the definition of "hidden" in osx - period at the start of the file name/folder. Windows doesn't pay attention to that.
     

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