Strange folder on Macintosh HD

Discussion in 'macOS' started by nohma, Apr 24, 2007.

  1. nohma macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2007
    Starting today I noticed a folder my computer made yesterday (so it says on the info) entitled '94700' on my Macintosh HD directory. It takes up 8kb of space and in it are 68 folders, each taking up 0kb of space and containing no (visible) files. Al of these 68 folders have a name that starts with '-05ffffffb8ffffff-', followed by a series of ten seemingly random numbers or characters (e.g. '-05ffffffb8ffffff-0000000000' or '-05ffffffb8ffffff-4a88022d2c' or '-05ffffffb8ffffff-855538a2a8').

    Anyone know what this might be, what caused it, and if I can just rid myself of it without danger?

    Thanks in advance, with kind regards,
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
  3. nohma thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2007
    Since the day before yesterday I have run the following third party apps:

    — Adobe Indesign CS2
    — Adobe Photoshop CS2
    — Linotype FontExplorer X (Fontbook)
    — Skype
    — VLC player
    — Transmission (BitTorrent software)
    — Microsoft Word

    Other third party apps on computer:

    — Adobe Acrobat Pro 8.0
    — Adobe Bridge
    — Adobe Illustrator CS 2
    — Adobe Imageready
    — Captain FTP
    — DoIt
    — Firefox
    — Microsoft Office (Powerpoint, Excel, MSN messenger)
    — Senuti
    — Stuffit Expander
    — Taco HTML Edit
    — UnRarX
    — Windows Media Player
    — xAct
  4. roland.g macrumors 603


    Apr 11, 2005
    One mile up and soaring
    I'd have to guess the Torrent Software.
  5. t1937r0 macrumors 6502a

    Sep 5, 2006
    I noticed something like that after installing bootcamp on my intel core duo mac mini. Could that be it?
  6. nohma thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2007
    Don't have bootcamp installed on this one...

    By the way: it's status remains unchanged (no extra kb's piling up and no extra folders).
  7. Shadow macrumors 68000


    Feb 17, 2006
    Keele, United Kingdom
    In the Terminal type:
    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder
    That allows hidden files to be seen. Do some snooping around, then type:
    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
    killall Finder
    to disable view hidden files.
  8. nohma thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2007
    I did some 'snooping around', with hidden files showing... No hidden files in either of the maps (ofcourse there is a .DS store file in the main '94700' folder).

    There have been some recent developments/a breakthrough though: a generic 7 new maps have been created in the main '94700' folder, making it a total of 75 maps. Through this, and more importantly, I have been able to locate the troublemaker (not the problem though): the folders are created when watching a VIDEO_TS folder (for those interested: it is a !LEGAL! DVD rip of my colleague's concert) with VLC player. So it must/might be a VLC bug.

    What's next?
  9. nohma thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2007
    I suppose it's also quite possible the bug effect is caused by faulty design of the dvd (rip)...
  10. justG macrumors member


    Apr 9, 2007
    Orlando, FL, US
    Hey, thanks for that! I'd noticed the same thing and had no idea where the data came from. I'm reckless, though; I just deleted the folders. =)
  11. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

    Feb 23, 2006
    Which leads to this.,00.shtml

    I suggest just using terminal, Finder leaves much to be desired anyway. You'll learn some good things playing around with Terminal as a fringe benefit.

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