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wannalearnmoreonmymac
04-15-2001, 01:57 PM
Is there a freeware or shareware utility that will let me find invisible files on a drive partition, and let me delete them so there is no trace of them left? I know that reformatting the drive and zeroing it out will do that, but that would be a major pain.

thanks,

WLMOMM

Ton
04-15-2001, 02:29 PM
Yes, there are some: Hidden Hunter, Invisible prefs and likely a few more.
You can find them on versiontracker

[This message has been edited by Ton (edited 15 April 2001).]

Louie
04-15-2001, 05:38 PM
You can also use Sherlock or the older "Find" command.

magician
04-16-2001, 01:13 AM
I use FileBuddy.

MacMikester
04-16-2001, 11:24 PM
Norton Utilities FastFind is useful.

Louie
04-17-2001, 08:37 PM
There are also some that contend that they can see invisible files.

wannalearnmoreonmymac
04-18-2001, 02:27 AM
Thanks to everyone for the tips on invisible files.

I've discovered that Sherlock in OS 9.1 can see them but apparently not manipulate them. I found a shareware program Ghost Hunter that let's me see them, delete them, move them, make them visible, edit them in ASCII format, etc. Although I wouldn't have the faintest idea how to edit or what all that information means. But I was able to find the files I needed to delete.

Kind of makes me wonder what all those invisible files do and how much of that is for purposes of limiting or controlling what I can do. I guess if I was a coder or developer I would know http://macgurus.com/infopop/emoticons/icon_smile.gif

WLMOMM

Louie
04-18-2001, 02:56 PM
They are invisible to keep you out of trouble.