Hi, am pretty new to Mac, hope you don't mind a newbie question. :)

My Mac shows that my digital MP3 recorder is out of space, even after I have deleted any big files. The digital recorder does have a Trash folder, but it is invisible on Mac. On Windows, that Trash folder of digi recorder is visible and I can delete large files from it, leaving more space to record new stuff. Is there a way to view any hidden files on Mac Mini?

Thanks for your help! :)

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But before we get into that, after you trashed the files on the MP3 player, did you EMPTY the trash? I suspect not. If you do that, I think you'll regain your missing space.

Otherwise, there are a variety of ways to see hidden files and folders. The easiest of which might be to stick with a GUIfied util that will turn it on and off for you. Go download Cocktail and use it to display hidden files.


I think you must try this
Open terminal = spotlight search terminal

paste in these lines

defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE

killall Finder

To hide hidden files just change TRUE = FALSE

Otherwise you can buy show hidden files mac.

Edited by Morganstevens: spelling


If you go to the command line window (terminal), you should be able to find the hidden files/directories with the command "ls -a". To search recursively, add the "R" (recursive) option, as in "ls -aR". That one will generate a LOT of output if done from the root directory (/), in which case you would want to do this: ls -aR / | less
If the "less" command doesn't exist on your system, then try "more" instead.

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