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Files hidden on MAC

Posted on 2013-11-19
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Last Modified: 2013-11-24
I'm moving some files over from my PC to  a new MAC. I'm finding that some of them are hidden. They are a variety of extensions; .iso, zip, .rar, etc. If I do a search on the MAC for them they pop and are visible. I have full admin on the MAC.

The funny thing is that these file extensions are scattered throughout the move and only some folders have these hidden files in them. In each of the folders that have these hidden files I see other folders and files.
Question by:xmouser
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Expert Comment

ID: 39660383
In the mac world if it starts with a . it treats it as hidden. Was that the case on any of those.

Author Comment

ID: 39660388
These are just 'normal' files I had on the PC - videos, ISOs, etc. visible fine on PC. Nothing related to an OS file.

Author Comment

ID: 39660396
Using defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles ON shows them but I can't do anything - open a RAR or ZIP file.
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Author Comment

ID: 39660406
I can open photos but they are still showing as slightly grayed out - so if I take off the show files I'm sure they will go back to being hidden.

Author Comment

ID: 39660647
Which they did. Put the drive back into Windows and changed permissions to 'Everyone' full control - back to the MAC - same behavior.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39660716
Valmatic's point was that if the files names start with a ".", they will be invisible on the Mac. Did the file names in question start with a dot? It has nothing to do with them being system files. It has to do with the difference between Mac and PC naming conventions.

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ID: 39660732
Changed attrib via cmd in windows and can now see the files.
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Expert Comment

ID: 39660757
Let us know if there is a dot at the beginning of the file names.

If not, somehow the "hidden" flag was got set on these files.

There are instructions in this thread on how to use Terminal to reset the Hidden flag:


Basically you first execute this terminal instruction:

defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES

to turn ALL files visible.

Then you can type the following command into Terminal (But add a space at the end and do not press return)

chflags hidden

Then drag and drop the file that you want unhidden into the terminal window.

After you have dragged and dropped the file into terminal, it should have added the path to the file so the instruction appears something like this:

chflags nohidden /path/to/file.ext

Hitting return will will reset the hidden flag for that one file to nohidden and the file should be visible.

After you have done this to all the files you want to change,  execute the following command to re-hide files (such as system files) that are supposed to be hidden.

defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles NO

I would suggest you read the linked thread above first.

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