Transfer NTFS external HD to HFS+ Mac HD. Hidden files?

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  1. tennisproha, Jan 1, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2016

    tennisproha macrumors 65816

    Jun 24, 2011
    What happens to Windows hidden files when you transfer Windows data to OS X via an NTFS external HD?
    Do they transfer over? If so, how can I get rid of them?

    The reason I ask is I know when you transfer OS X files to another filesystem format, Mac creates hidden .DS_Store and ._.* files. However what happens in reverse when Windows files are being transferred to Macs?

    My apologies if I've asked this before already. Its is a bit confusing to me since I'm new to Macs. Any clarification of explanation would be appreciated!

    Happy New Year!
  2. Erdbeertorte, Jan 1, 2016
    Last edited: Jan 1, 2016

    Erdbeertorte Suspended

    May 20, 2015
    I am not sure. But you can enable to see all hidden files/folders in the Finder with that Terminal command, maybe it's working for an NTFS Volume too (I don't have any):

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE;killall Finder

    To hide them again just replace TRUE with FALSE.

    That should work in Mavericks, Yosemite and El Capitan.

    In Snow Leopard, Lion and Mountain Lion it's:

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

    and after that:

    killall Finder
  3. tennisproha thread starter macrumors 65816

    Jun 24, 2011
    Thanks for that.

    I'm just a little bit confused about the invisibility copy scenario. I was told elsewhere that when you transfer from the NTFS to HFS+ the hidden files will not be copied over automatically. This doesn't quite make sense to me.

    If I go into a specific folder and manually select all files in that folder, then that would leave the hidden files unselected for copy I presume. If however I select the whole HD to copy over then anything in each individual folder would transfer over including all hidden files right? Am I missing something here?
  4. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    I use TinkerTool. Also older versions of Windows does that for some reason.

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