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How to unhide Library folder on external drive?

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Dec 27, 2013 12:12 PM

OK, I've researched this online, but still can't get it to work.  Some help pls. I backed up my internal hard drive to an external hard drive.  Using Finder, I cannot see the Library folder on the external drive.  I assume it is there, but hidden.  I am trying to unhide it.  The name of the external volume is PNY BACKUP, with a space between the Y and B.  The external drive is not formatted to be bootable.  My user name is thomas.

 

First attempt: I pointed Finder at the PNY BACKUP drive, then clicked on View > Show View Options.  The Show Library Folder does not appear as an option.  I assume this is because the drive is not formatted as bootable?

 

Second attempt: I opened Terminal and typed these two commands:

 

cd /Volumes/PNY\ BACKUP/Users/thomas

chflags nohidden /Library

 

I did not recieve any error messages in Terminal, so I assumed that the commands worked ok.  Note that I used a backslash to tell Terminal to ignore the space after the Y in the volume name.  If I omit the backslash, I get a "directory does not exist" error in Terminal.  I closed Finder and unmounted the volume, then remounted it and opened Finder.  But I still was not able to see the Library folder on the external drive.  Any hints on what I am doing wrong?  Thx

iMac (27-inch, Late 2012), OS X Mavericks (10.9)

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