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Hidden files Hi, i have a WD 500 GB external hard drive and i hid some files when i had a windows friendly laptop, now i have a Mac and when i plug it in to my mac i see all the files except the hidden and i want to show those files. How is that possible on the mac?

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I think you have to connect the drive to a Windows PC and follow the procedure that I have posted earlier to see/recover/delete/transfer the hidden files and folders. Its the easiest way I suppose as you have external drive and it can be easily connected to any PC. As for MAC, there may be a way out, but unfortunately I can not guide you at the moment coz Im not a MAC user. However, I'll try my best to find a way out. Meanwhile, you may grab a Windows PC n give it a try.
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Posted on Jul 27, 2013

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SOURCE: Can't open My WD Mybook Home edition 500 GB External Hardrive

sounds like the hard drive is failing... i suggest you find yourself a data recovery program soon

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it must be initialised /mounted 1st for osx

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Does the external drive work when connected to some _other_ computer? (Friend? Office? Home?)

It could be a failure either in the "hardware" inside the external-case (the USB adapter & interface)
or in the disk-drive "inside" the external-case.

So, a qualified technician can open the external drive, remove the disk-drive, and connect it directly to a computer, to see if the files can be "directly" read from the disk-drive.

If not, then you should search online for a "data recovery" service -- they are expensive, but they physically repair a damaged disk-drive, just long-enough to copy your data to another disk-drive.

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SOURCE: mac will find wd hard drive PC will not

The Mac disk format cannot see or read by a PC, the PC can see the external drive as a device only.
The way around this problem is to format the external drive with the PC, now you can fransfer/copy files to the external drive and when you plug it into the Mac, the MAC can read PC file formats, this also applies to USB memory sticks.

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SOURCE: WD external Hard drive 320 GB hangs my computer everytime connect

all solutions are not helpful, if u just use safe mode then there is no problem with hard disk, its a problem of some services, u just try with safe mode.30-40% people has same problem.
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Posted on Feb 05, 2010

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