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  • Benway1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    is it possible to try your solution with the folder in it's original location on the external drive , or not?

    to save me the waiting of copying 60gb.

     

    If not, it's okay.

  • Benway1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Okay, it seems like I'm starting to have happy days :

     

    I managed to get "Houdini" to work, and it revealed the original files in their original location.

    [many of them had not been moved to the new location].

     

    I then copied and pasted them all to the new location.

    They are no longer in the old location.

    So that part of the problem is solved.

     

    However, they are only revealed by Houdini.

     

    Without Houdini, the files are hidden in the new location.

     

    It seems somehow finder [or myself] has accidentally designated these files as hidden.

     

    I cannot have Houdini working all the time, obviously, and Houdini reveals system files, which obviously I don't want to accidentally delete, so that is not a solution.

     

    So now the question is :

    How do I permanently unhide certain files and folders in finder?

     

    Thanks.

  • Benway1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Ideally, in this instance,

    the best solution at this point would be to be able to unhide all the files and subfolders within the main folder I just fixed.

    Yay! I'm still happy about that (:

     

    If you can tell me how to do this, everything is good!

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,995 points)

    Launch the Terminal app in /Utilities, copy & paste this command into the window that pops up, and hit the return key:

     

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 1

     

    then, do the same with this one:

     

    killall Finder

     

    That will show all hidden files and folders. When you're finished, do this one to hide the ones with invisible flags:

     

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles 0

     

    followed by

     

    killall Finder

  • Benway1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    EDIT :

     

    I gave it a try.

     

    After entering the first couple of commands, it showed the hidden files [good!]

    however, they were "greyed out" [implying their hiddenness]

     

    Unfortunately, after the final couple of commands,

    All the files and folders went back to being hidden again. ):

     

    Thanks for continuing to help.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,995 points)

    That's because they have their flags set to hidden. You could collect them into a single folder and then use the chflags command to make them permanently visible. Just launch the Terminal app, copy and paste this into the window

     

    chflags -R nohidden

     

    add a space, drag the folder with all the hidden things in it into the Terminal window, and hit the return key. That will change the visibility flag to visible.

  • Benway1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    When you say "add a space"  , do you mean add a space to the end of the command you mention?

     

    Will doing this show all hidden things in all the subfolders of the main folder too?

    Because I have probably hundreds of subfolders within this folder, and it would be impractical+impossible for me to do this for every one of them.

    Thanks.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,995 points)

    Yes. In the Terminal window. The command works only on the folder you dragged into the window and everything inside..

  • Benway1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I will say , until I have checked further, that this appears to have worked !!

    I will have to check by comparing with my other drive which contains some of the same files to make sure it is all perfect, but this looks good.

    Thank you so much for your amazing help!

    You are a genius (:
    Saved me a lot of stress.

     

    However, I am curious HOW this could have happened in the first place?

    It is kind of distressing to think that this can just happen randomly by just moving objects/files/folders place to place!

    I could lose some files that are important to me this way over time....

     

    I did not flag anything personally [or knowingly], and it is strange to me how all these files and folders got flagged [and what did they get "flagged" as?]

     

    Thanks again

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (61,995 points)

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    Benway1 wrote:

    However, I am curious HOW this could have happened in the first place?

    Don't know.

    It is kind of distressing to think that this can just happen randomly by just moving objects/files/folders place to place!

    I could lose some files that are important to me this way over time....

    Agreed. One must remain vigilant and check that their actions result in the correct outcomes.

  • sauvikatinnofied Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    This happened to me too when I changed few preferences on my Finder. (OS X Yosemite 10.10.1). I quit my Finder terminal command killall Finder, and relaunched Finder. That solved my problem.

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