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I recently switched my storage folder from internal hard drive to my external drive. Since then, in every drive there's a duplicate under the extension of ._xxxx as well as "conflicted copy of xxxx". Can't delete files on the root folder which isn't nice and every new file gets duplicated.
Solutions to delete them...permanently?
What you are seeing are OS X system files which are normally hidden by the Mac OS filesystem.
They can be deliberately made visible, but the usual reason is because the Dropbox folder has been moved to a non-Mac filesystem (i.e. FAT) which ignores the hidden attribute of those files. Almost invariably it turns out to be the use of a removable external drive of some sort.
You can delete them but, if that's the case, they'll continue to be recreated every time you access that folder on your Mac.
The effect would have been mitigated by ensuring the target volume was first formatted to the native MacOS filesystem. However, I would also note that Dropbox are pretty clear that they don't support removable drives or network volumes because there's a high risk of data loss associated with such devices.
Nice to see some feedback on this thread. Sorry about the issues Jason and Thomas.
Robert S. is right about the file format. A couple of notes before formatting the hard drive:
1) Be prepared to use the hard drive exclusively for mac devices to read and write information. I gave up looking for alternative solutions from dropbox and mac since I have large external drive to be formatted.
2)What I do before shutting down is making sure the drive is connected before turning on the mac and removing it after it's powered down to prevent the relink menu. When logging in, make sure the drive is always located at the same place and gets ejected properly to prevent conflicted copies.
3) [Jason R.] Only sync folders you're going to really use and not the whole organization drive. You really do not want to spend working hours deleting ._ and ([USER_NAME] Conflicted Copies) from countless folders and subfolders.
I have a partner who uses a Mac and I use a PC. We both access the same dropbox files. I now have tons of ._ files in the folders. I assume because we share the folder. Is there a way in windows to ask windows to hide all ._ files?
For more info on available support options, see this article.
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