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Im very lost with this strange thing. I have some files and folders on my Mac OSX 10.4.8 that I trashed and still appear on my desktop or inside the folder. You can see the name of them but no icon, when I try to click tehm and drag them to the trash again, the icons dissapear and dont come back until you put another thing around and then it pops again.

I ve been doing all the maintenance with ONYX, erasing cache, rebooting, and practicually doing everything. Even I used Disk Utlility and verifying all permisions and the HD with no problem.

of course I ran virus detector, finding nothing.

Im a little worry I have back up everything, but I dont want to loose any files.

PLEASE HEEEELP!!!!

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Interesting ... try this:

Open Terminal (Applications/Utilities/Terminal) and type these commands:

cd Desktop
ls -a

See if anything shows up. If you've got nothing on your desktop there should be nothing in there. If there are things in there, do this:

rm -f <name of mystery file>

If there is nothing displayed there, I'm at a bit of a loss. Try going to Finder and your Home directory, then navigate to Library/Caches/Desktop and delete all the files in there (well, move them to the Trash) and restart Finder. You can do this by pressing command-option-escape, clicking 'Finder' in the list that appears and pressing the 'Relaunch' button.
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We can help you more if you make a screenshot of the files and post it here.

There are certain files like .DS_Store which will be created by the system to store Windows position, Size, etc. If that case you don't have to worry at all.
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did what you say and this is what I got:

rm: illegal option -- .
usage: rm [-f | -i] [-dPRrvW] file ...
unlink file

It appear a strange file without a name but with a long number
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You likely are seeing hidden system files. Somehow you turned the viewing of hidden files on. Do the following to turn it off:
1. Open Terminal.
2. Type:
defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
killall Finder
3. Finder will restart and the files should disapear.
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I thank you for you answer, but now it is getting worse!!! Im loosing some mp3 files. In iTunes I see the files with an exclamation sign when I double click them the system says the files cannot be used because it cannot find the orginal file. AND IT IS NOT IN my HD!!! I did not deleted them!! or move them, what the heck is going on??
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It sounds like you're suffering some serious file system corruption. Boot off your installation CD or DVD and when it starts, choose Disk Utility and run a scan on your hard disk.
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I did that the HD is all right. It pass the test. Still lost!
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You should buy Alsoft's DiskWarrior. It works wonders on big problems.
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