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Anyway Of Finding Properties On Files?


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I've recently switched from a PC to a Mac and transferred over a lot of video files. I had information on the videos in the properties but can't access that on a Mac. Is there any way? Thanks.
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Try Right Click, 'Get Info'.

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Where did you set the properties? NTFS had some extra "stuff" for media that was only available in NTFS. So if you tried to copy it to a fat32 partition the properties would be lost. Same would be true if you copied them to your Mac.

So I have a NTFS hard drive that I can mount on my Mac - I can't see any of the titles, times, comments, etc from the Mac - but if I mount it on the windows partition(boot camp or parallels) all the data is still there.

If it isn't an NTFS thing then you'll probably have to provide more info.
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Get Info shows nothing. They were just mp4 files, with things filled in under comments.
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Try going into a terminal in the folder containing the files and type "ls -l -F"; the properties will be listed with "rwx" for Read, Write, and Execute; the first three options are for the file owner, the second for the group, the third for everyone else, so you'll see something like rwxr-xr-x meaning the owner can do anything, and everyone else can read and execute the file.

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I'm a complete novice, how do I open the terminal file?
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In your Mac HD, go into Applications (or there should be an Applications folder already on your dock if you've got Snow Leopard), then Utilities, then Terminal.

You'll have to get used to navigating the command line; changing directories is the same as it was under DOS, so "cd {directory name}" to drill down and "cd .." to go up one level.

The ls command is the equivalent of DIR; I've forgotten what the -l and -F switches stand for, I just do ls -l -F --color every time

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Also when I had Finder issues, someone mentioned a program called Easyfind (free) It's a great app, but there are also many other programs finder replacements.. Googling will find some free or pay.. I'm not sure tho you might have lost your comments tho unless you have the originals and you might be able to find a way to salvage them.

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