10 Replies Latest reply: Apr 4, 2010 11:12 AM by Anna_0305
Anna_0305 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
I have a new Time Capsule 1T connected (by wire) to my iMac, and an external hard drive connected to this TC. Both have been working perfect up till now.

I was on my iMac, changing the name of folder A (inside folder B) on this external drive. But, when reopening folder B, it appeared empty. There should be lots of files and folders inside (including the one I was changing the name of). The size of folder B was being reported as 0 kB. I started worrying I accidentally deleted everything inside folder B (even though that would have been VERY weird -and stupid too).

With my iMac, I can access other files and folders on the drive - just not that one.

But, when I connect to this drive wirelessly with my old macBook (OS 10.5.8), it shows folder B and all folders and contents correctly - except for folder A that seems to be missing.

I tried rebooting the iMac - then rebooting the TC and the external harddrive - no changes. I tried renaming folder B with my macbook - no change.

I copied a few folders (and files) from folder B to a new folder (B') on this same drive and now I am able to access files within this new folder (B') with my iMac.

This is so weird. Why does Finder on the iMac says the folder is empty, while Finder on the MacBook is able to open everything inside?

iMac 21.5'' 3.06GHz Intel Core 2Duo, Mac OS X (10.6.2), ..
  • 1. Re: Folder appears empty - but it isn't!
    Anna_0305 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    some more information: I do have write and read permissions on this folder, so that can't be the reason why I can't see the files...

    Nobody out there with any helpful ideas?
  • 2. Re: Folder appears empty - but it isn't!
    V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
    plug in the drive directly into the imac. do you see that folder? in any case, after you plug it into the imac, start disk utility and repair that drive with disk utility. repair disk, not permissions. any errors?
  • 3. Re: Folder appears empty - but it isn't!
    Anna_0305 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Thanks for the help!

    I did as suggested. I can open and see the content of the folder when the drive is plugged into the iMac directly. I also ran disk utility and repair disk, no errors found.

    I disconnected the drive, plugged it into the TC, and the same thing happens: the folder looks empty, and it's reported as 0kB.

    I guess the folder is somehow corrupted. I will probably have to copy the contents to another folder, because then I see the contents. Unfortunately, that will take 3 hours estimated (it's my picture backup folder...).
  • 4. Re: Folder appears empty - but it isn't!
    V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
    why should it take 3 hours? have you tried moving rather than copying the contents of the folder? if you move it to another folder on the same drive the move is instantaneous.
  • 5. Re: Folder appears empty - but it isn't!
    Jeff Lambert Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    I guess it's related a bit to my problem. I have some weirdness happening when connecting to sharepoints either on a Airdisk (USB drive connected to airport extreme) or to a SL server.

    Do you have other symptoms like seeing a duplicate of a folder, like say,
    Documents
    Documents
    that's another problem I have. And the reseting of the path when trying to go deeper in the file tree. I thing these are all related, but I can't put my finger on the precise way to trigger it for sure, and the fix for it still eludes me.

    Jeff
  • 6. Re: Folder appears empty - but it isn't!
    KJK555 Level 4 Level 4 (2,895 points)
    Some files and folders created by Snow Leopard are compressed, They report a "0" byte size
    in earlier versions of OS X.

    Kj
  • 7. Re: Folder appears empty - but it isn't!
    Anna_0305 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    KJK555, it's in fact snow leopard that reports it as 0 byte size, while the leapord shows the contents correctly...
  • 8. Re: Folder appears empty - but it isn't!
    Anna_0305 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    Jeff,

    I don't have the problem of seeing a duplicate, nor the resetting of the path. It does sound like a related 'weird' thing though.
  • 9. Re: Folder appears empty - but it isn't!
    Anna_0305 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    I know, I tried copying some files first to see if the problem is related to the contents or rather to the folder itself. Moving is of course the correct thing to do!
  • 10. Re: Folder appears empty - but it isn't!
    Anna_0305 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
    This is getting worse.

    I tried moving the contents of the folders with my macbook to another folder. This was while the drive was connected to the TC (because that way, I am able to see the contents of the folder).

    While moving, finder disappeared, and the icons on my desktop was rebuilt from an empty desktop.

    After that, BOTH folders appeared EMPTY on my macbook, so both the original folder, AND the one I moved the contents to. And both appeared empty on my iMac.

    I shut down the iMac and the macbook, disconnected the drive, connected it to my iMac directly. starting everything up again, and now I see contents in both folders, but only 10% of what was there originally. It looks like most of the contents disappeared.

    I am NOT amused. This was my complete original photo library (not an iPhoto one, but one that kept moving with me changing from pc to another pc to to mac).

    Las thing I will try is to connect the hard drive to my old pc - let's hope he sees more than the macs do....