Problem copying files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by mgirg, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. mgirg macrumors regular

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    Hi,

    I am a new Mac owner and i have encountered a problem copying files. Frequently when i copy files to an external hardrive/thumb drive/ sd card/mp3 player etc when i then look at the files on a non mac os system - i find that frequently my mac has copied he files and ehtn made little files starting with .- and then the filename of the file i copied(eg if the file is called file1.mp3 i will get that file and a file called .-file1.mp3). Now it doesnt happen all the time and these extra files are invisible when i plug the drive back into my mac, but are very annoying when using the drive/sd card in a non mac system. Can anyone tell me:

    1. what these files are,
    2. why they occur
    3. How i can stop them from occuring
    4. How i can make them visible when pluging my drive into my mac (so i can delete them easily)

    thanks

    Mike
     
  2. mgirg thread starter macrumors regular

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    Isnt there anyone that can help and tell me what is going on?
     
  3. atlanticza macrumors 6502a

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    They are temporary files. And no you can't stop them from being created (as far as I know). Use a free app called Onyx to clean them up. Hope this helps!
     
  4. SnowLeopard2008 macrumors 604

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  5. atlanticza macrumors 6502a

    atlanticza

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