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Blank Files appearing in Hard Drive??

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BuMpRoC Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Apr 6, 2013 9:59 AM

I have been noticing These blank files apearing recently. Plain Text,  Zero KB files In my main harddrive. I narrowed it down to my Pro Tools program. They generate each time I open Protools. Can anyone explain why and what this is? just worried it could potentialy be a bad thing?

PowerMac, Mac OS X (10.5.8), Dual 1.8, 2.5gb RAM, PowerMac 7,3
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,755 points)
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    Apr 6, 2013 10:59 AM (in response to BuMpRoC)

    Hi, doesn't sound like a good thing, are you saying they're at the top level/root of the drive?

     

    Open Console in Applications>Utilities & see if there are any clues or repeating messages when this happens.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,755 points)
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    Apr 6, 2013 1:44 PM (in response to BuMpRoC)

    Well, just post a few of the lines here as text, in Console, highlight one lines, hold shift key & highlight say a line a dozen down, CMD+ c to copy, then paste in a Reply with CMD+v

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,755 points)
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    Apr 7, 2013 10:54 AM (in response to BuMpRoC)

    OK, strange that it's happening on an external drive!??

     

    And Spotlight, (mdworker), & Preview are having trouble with a jpg.

     

    Open Disk Utility & repair Disk on the externel drive... any change?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,755 points)
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    Apr 7, 2013 2:58 PM (in response to BuMpRoC)

    I'd do them all, but it looks like PORTA DRIVE from here.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,755 points)
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    Apr 9, 2013 10:38 AM (in response to BuMpRoC)

    Hmmm,

     

    One way to test is to Safe Boot from the HD, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, Test for problem in Safe Mode...

     

    PS. Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive

     

    Reboot, test again.

     

    If it only does it in Regular Boot, then it could be some hardware problem like Video card, (Quartz is turned off in Safe Mode), or Airport, or some USB or Firewire device, or 3rd party add-on, Check System Preferences>Accounts (Users & Groups in later OSX versions)>Login Items window to see if it or something relevant is listed.

     

    Check the System Preferences>Other Row, for 3rd party Pref Panes.

     

    Also look in these if they exist, some are invisible...

     

    /private/var/run/StartupItems

     

    /Library/StartupItems

     

    /System/Library/StartupItems

     

    /System/Library/LaunchDaemons

     

    /Library/LaunchDaemons

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