NNNN.data files on PC folder connected to MAC OSX 9

Posted on 2013-10-25
Medium Priority
Last Modified: 2013-10-26
In the Win 7 Pro/Mac OSX 9 folder 'MacMini Files' there exist only on the Windows PC side 386 files of the type nnnn.data and shown below as '<?xml version...', all created 08/2013. MAC OSX was updated to Mavericks 10/23/2013.

What are these files and if not needed, how do I delete/prevent them?

The OSX MacMini Files folder was created from this EE Expert's directions. "MacGuy47Posted on 2013-02-03 at 12:32:48ID: 38849042"

<?xml version="1.0" encoding="UTF-8"?>
<!DOCTYPE plist PUBLIC "-//Apple//DTD PLIST 1.0//EN" "http://www.apple.com/DTDs/PropertyList-1.0.dtd">
<plist version="1.0">
      <string>{120, 90}</string>
Question by:MARSPATH
  • 3
  • 3
LVL 53

Expert Comment

ID: 39602563
If what you have posted is the contents on of the files, that looks like a plist file, which is a Mac preferences file.

Do you have a link to the instructions you got from MacGuy47?

Author Comment

ID: 39602587
Here is the link:


My goal is to delete these files (not upsetting system) and prevent future creation of these files. What are they for?
LVL 53

Expert Comment

ID: 39602600
What is the actual file names of some of the files in question?

Am I correct that all of these files are on the PC in a folder called "Mac Mini"?
Get 10% Off Your First Squarespace Website

Ready to showcase your work, publish content or promote your business online? With Squarespace’s award-winning templates and 24/7 customer service, getting started is simple. Head to Squarespace.com and use offer code ‘EXPERTS’ to get 10% off your first purchase.


Author Comment

ID: 39602630
Yes, all the files are in a Win 7 Pro library named 'MacMini Files'

These files are named 0019.data through 0781.data with some missing values; e.g. 0398 through 0512.

Search on MacMini returns no such file names.
LVL 53

Accepted Solution

strung earned 2000 total points
ID: 39602641
I have no idea what these are or where they came from. Can you tell anything from the creator date?

They look like prefs files and it is probably safe to erase them. You could try moving them all to another folder first and then if nothing untoward happens, delete them later.

Author Closing Comment

ID: 39602783
All files (using Windows Properties) were created between 8/17/2013 and 8/26/2013.

I have moved all to another folder; so far no effects.

Seems a wait & see/delete is the best action.

Perhaps the MAC gremlins I hear tell about...

Thanks for your help.

Featured Post

Easily Design & Build Your Next Website

Squarespace’s all-in-one platform gives you everything you need to express yourself creatively online, whether it is with a domain, website, or online store. Get started with your free trial today, and when ready, take 10% off your first purchase with offer code 'EXPERTS'.

Question has a verified solution.

Are you are experiencing a similar issue? Get a personalized answer when you ask a related question.

Have a better answer? Share it in a comment.

Join & Write a Comment

A lot of new and distinct gadgets are making their appearance every other day. The latest gadget that has wooed the attention of all gadget lovers and non gadget lovers alike is the Smartwatch. This tiny gadget is capable of offering live access to …
Set up iPhone and iPad email signatures to always send in high-quality HTML with this step-by step guide.
This Micro Tutorial hows how you can integrate  Mac OSX to a Windows Active Directory Domain. Apple has made it easy to allow users to bind their macs to a windows domain with relative ease. The following video show how to bind OSX Mavericks to …
From store locators to asset tracking and route optimization, learn how leading companies are using Google Maps APIs throughout the customer journey to increase checkout conversions, boost user engagement, and optimize order fulfillment. Powered …

627 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question