Solved Missing Photos on Mac - Folder shows 288GB, Where are they?

February 16, 2015 at 20:30:52
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Missing Photos on Mac - Folder shows 288GB, Where are they? I have my external drive hooked up and we transferred a ton of images to it. However, when you check the "Get Info" for the pictures folder, it shows 288GB used, yet I cannot see the files in Finder. What gives??? How can I locate the files???

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February 17, 2015 at 16:24:31
Pending more thoughts/input from pholks here..

Does the Mac have Time Machine running? If so have a look at a backup from a day or so previous to the event now troubling...? One may be able to recover them from there?t

Another thought: do you know the file name for at least one of the missing items? If so then do a search for it, as if found it will tell you (hopefully) where they all are located?

Also possibly one of the file recovery software utilities for Mac may be useful; but save "anything they may find "off" the Mac hard drive.

http://tinyurl.com/nhoozjp

This one is apparently a freebie (to some degree at least):

http://www.easeus.com/mac/mac-undel...

And this is the Google responses including the two above:

https://www.google.co.uk/#q=recover...

There are quite a few other utilities listed..

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February 17, 2015 at 05:20:24
Your external drive was probably never formatted correctly. Here's an article on how to format it to use it with a Mc and a PC. Befrore you do this, move the pictures back onto the computer or they will be lost. Good Luck
http://www.cnet.com/how-to/the-best...

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February 17, 2015 at 06:37:15
Remember too that (traditionally) whilst Mac OSX etc. can read ntfs file format it can't write to it...

However that isn't strictly true (anymore) as it can do both (read 'n write). Usually for the write option it's suggested to use third party software, but as the link below shows it can be done with out it..

http://tinyurl.com/qxevj8k

This applies only to drives directly connected/accessed via usb etc. Over a network (lan) the file format issue is abstracted - removed from the equation/event - and has no impact; the Mac can read 'n write as is (without any software add-in or the above "tweak")...

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February 17, 2015 at 13:29:16
I should clarify. She ATTEMPTED to copy the files to an external drive, thought she did, and apparently did not. The External is working fine, with hundreds of files from previous transfers on it and exactly where we put them. The issue at hand here is the MAC itself. The pictures are all just GONE. We cannot find them. Anywhere. That is the place I am most concerned about. Finding where they have gone. The physical disk shows a certain amount of data, but I cannot find where this all is. Is there a program for the Mac equivalent to SpaceSniffer, that will let me see where the space is taken up?

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February 17, 2015 at 16:24:31
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Pending more thoughts/input from pholks here..

Does the Mac have Time Machine running? If so have a look at a backup from a day or so previous to the event now troubling...? One may be able to recover them from there?t

Another thought: do you know the file name for at least one of the missing items? If so then do a search for it, as if found it will tell you (hopefully) where they all are located?

Also possibly one of the file recovery software utilities for Mac may be useful; but save "anything they may find "off" the Mac hard drive.

http://tinyurl.com/nhoozjp

This one is apparently a freebie (to some degree at least):

http://www.easeus.com/mac/mac-undel...

And this is the Google responses including the two above:

https://www.google.co.uk/#q=recover...

There are quite a few other utilities listed..

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