You definitely do not want to delete these files. The Mac OS X Finder hides many important system files to prevent people from accidentally modifying or deleting them. These files can still be viewed and modified with other applications, but it is highly discouraged unless you are absolutely sure you know what you are doing.
I'm not quite sure how you found them, but I'm sure that it would be a very bad idea to toss them.
I created the folder "private' last night. In it I filed 2 pdf documents created from letters I wrote and 1 email. This morning, inside the 'private' folder are all these files (at least 30 of them with more files nested in them), most in html. The 3 documents I filed are not there unless they are inside one of the other files.
What could this be? I've never seen anything quite like it.
Message was edited by: Janice Fisher
When I tried to create a folder named 'private', the Finder would not let me do so, stating that it was already in use. I'm not sure how you were able to create it.
But we can try something different. If you haven't opened up too many things recently, we can try using the Finder's "Recent Items" menu. On the top-left corner of your screen, click the Apple icon, then move your mouse over the "Recent Items" menu. If you see one of the documents you're looking for in that menu, hold down the Command key, then click on the document. (It should say "Show <file name> in Finder")
That should open a Finder window with your item selected. You can then Command-click on the little folder next to the folder name at the top of the Finder window to see where that folder is at on the hard drive.