I have many sub-folders with a single file inside named " ._ " . These files cannot be deleted in Windows Explorer nor via DOS-Shell. Every attempt fails with a few different error messages, but always the same messages.
This share, and sub-folder structure, was used exclusively by MAC devices running on OS/X 10.4 + higher. I found that the Marketing department was taking too much storage so I migrated all their files to a separate server and was unable to move/ copy almost 400gigs of data due to these files due to the mass copy failing when it got to these files. After a long time manually deleting what I could not move I am now stuck with these remaining files.
The file location cannot be found when attempting to delete, rename, or otherwise modify the file directly. Windows barks stating to verify the location and try again. I can physically see the file " ._ " in the folder and the type of file is 'file'.
- del/ del *.*: does not see the file
- attrib -h: states the target for the symbolic link cannot be found
- rmlink: not a valid command
- rd: If used to remove the directory it fails stating the directory is not empty
- rmdir (with or without a folder path): fails stating the directory cannot be found
- dir /x: will show the hex name (varies) but a common name seen is ' 99A4~1 '. Attempting to use the hex name fails the same as every other method to modify or delete it.
- This all occurs whether I use the standard windows name or the Hex name (via dir /x)
- I can cut the parent folder and paste elsewhere via explorer. I cannot rename the actual file though, in any manner.
I see many posts about this file being a Symbolic Link, which makes sense because the MAC Users would create symbolic links to work with their documents. I'm not sure how that all works but they state they do that.
Please share your thoughts - this has been a nuisance for well over a year.