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Finder not showing files when I open folder

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Benway1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Dec 6, 2012 3:21 PM

A folder on my external hard drive which I was just editing/ doing some file organization with,

contains 60gb of data.

Lots of files and folders in it.

For no apparent reason,

it is now showing nothing in it when I open it,

Still says size is 60gb, but when I open it, the files do not show.

What is going on?

I need to work on these files.

 

If you can help me with this, it would a huge help.

Thank you.

 

ps. in Mountain Lion 10.8.2, late 2011 macbook pro.

MacBook Pro (15-inch Late 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 3:43 PM (in response to Benway1)

    OPTION-click & hold the Finder's Dock icon and select Relaunch. That should update the folder's contents. Quite often, the Finder goes on a vacation and is slow to update itself.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 4:16 PM (in response to Benway1)

    Thanks for clarifying. I use no Finder substitutes, so can't help with that.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 4:30 PM (in response to Benway1)

    Benway1 wrote:

    After comparing the two separate drives,

    it seems I DID actually move the files to another folder [and forgot / was unsure of this],

    however, the info box still says the original folder I mention is 60gb, with one file [which does not appear when I open it]

    and finder is not displaying the increase in size in the folder [I'll call it folder 2] I moved the files to.

     

    I wonder if I delete the original folder, are the sub-folders I moved to folder no.2 going to be deleted?
    Are they still somehow connected to the original folder?

    If folder 2 contains the items you want and isn't a subfolder of folder 1, then deleting folder 1 won't have any effect on what's in folder 2.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 4:40 PM (in response to Benway1)

    Benway1 wrote:

    Have you heard of this issue before?

    No.

    Also, are you positive deleting the original folder will not delete the subfolders in their new location, and that they are not connected?

    Yes, as long as the two folders aren't connected. If you're that worried, copy folder 2 to your HD, before deleting it on the ext HD.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 5:02 PM (in response to Benway1)

    Benway1 wrote:

    Is there a way to update the folder sizes though?

    I'm curious about that. I would like the sizes to display correctly.

    Relaunch the Finder should update the info. If there's a discrepancy, then you'll have to determine why.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • snapappsdev Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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    Dec 6, 2012 5:18 PM (in response to Benway1)

    Ok, here is a solution:

     

    1) Get the file to your Desktop.

    2) Open Terminal from Applications --> Utilities

    3) Type chmod 777 and then drag the folder to Terminal.

    4) Hit enter. Nothing should pop up.

    5) Now, type chown user and then drag the folder to the window and hit enter, replacing user with your first name in lowercase.

     

    Hope this helps! When dragging, make sure you see a file path show up after the command, if not, redrag it.

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