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    Ghost Files On Mac Osx

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    Ghost Files On Mac Osx
    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!!!!

    Thx
    A.

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    Ghost Files On Mac Osx
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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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    Ghost Files On Mac Osx
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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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    Ghost Files On Mac Osx

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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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    Ghost Files On Mac Osx

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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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    Ghost Files On Mac Osx

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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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    Ghost Files On Mac Osx
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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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    Ghost Files On Mac Osx

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    I did that the HD is all right. It pass the test. Still lost!

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    MacHeadCase
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    You should buy Alsoft's DiskWarrior. It works wonders on big problems.

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