Thumbnail retention in finder on external drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by andyn, Sep 30, 2008.

  1. andyn macrumors newbie

    Sep 30, 2008

    I'm new to the mac having only just got a 24" imac 3.06 a couple of weeks ago.

    I was previously a devout PC user but after getting a laptop with Vista on it last year and needing a new desktop could not bring myself to have to use vista every day for work so finally took the plunge.

    I have a lot of media clips (avi, wmv, mov, mp4 etc) on an external drive and it can take finder quite a while to create thumbnails. Obviously it is a lot faster scanning through the folders once the thumbnails have been generated but as soon as I switch off the machine the thumbnails seem to be gone and have to be remade every time I switch back on.

    I have tried various different settings but nothing seems to be working - am I missing something obvious here? on a pc the "thumbs.db" file keeps all the thumbnail info for quick recreating of thumbnails but there doesnt seem to be anything similar going on with the mac!

    Please help :( as i don't have enough hair left to be pulling out any more trying to find the solution to this :D
  2. BobZune macrumors 6502a

    Oct 26, 2007
    Try out File Sheriff from

    It looks promising, but I haven't used it (yet).

    Some of the other (free) icon creators may also work (search for OS X ICON CREATOR ) for you. I have used cocothumbx - but usually to delete icon preview created, so they get recreated by finder. I'd recommend it IF that solves your problem.

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