New folders appearing in HD

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  1. jjykim, Jun 13, 2011
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    jjykim macrumors newbie

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    Hi everyone,

    I wasn't sure if this was the right place to post this, but here goes.

    I recently clicked on the HD icon on my desktop and was surprised to see half a dozen new folders that didn't use to be there. I've attached a screen shot of those folders. Could anyone tell me what these are and if I can remove/move them so my HD folder doesn't look so cluttered?

    And also, the file .DS_Store appears EVERYWHERE on my mac...I tried deleting it, but it reappears. ANy idea on how to get rid of this nuisance?
     

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  2. Knoodles macrumors 6502

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    Those are all folders that are normally hidden. DO NOT THROW THEM AWAY. They are important system files. Somehow you have enabled "show hidden files" either through a terminal command or some third party maintenance app like Onyx.
     
  3. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Do not remove any directories unless you are absolutely sure you know what they are for and whether or not you need them. *NIX has lots of folders it creates that are normally hidden; leave them alone.

    The .DS_Store is an OSX oddity; there is one per directory. From Wikipedia: .DS_Store (Desktop Services Store)[1] is a hidden file created by Apple Inc.'s Mac OS X operating system to store custom attributes of a folder such as the position of icons or the choice of a background image.[2]"
     
  4. jjykim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Great. Is there any way to hide these folders? Thanks :)
     
  5. 42streetsdown macrumors 6502a

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    Open a terminal (Applications/Utilities/Terminal.app) and run the command:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE

    You then need to restart finder. either run killall Finder or option right click finder in the dock and select relaunch.

    I don't understand how you set them to show in the first place. They are hidden by default.
     
  6. jjykim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks!! This worked!!!!
     
  7. jjykim thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    For some odd reason, after I ran that function, when I click on the HD folder on my desktop, this is what pops up...a folder called Volumes. I don't see my Application folders...what could be the issue?
     

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