Hidden ._ files on hard drive which only appear when connected to a Samsung TV

#1

Hi.

I recently copied all of my ripped movies (DVD’s) from my iMac to an  WD Elements external hard drive. I then connected the hard drive to my Samsung TV. As all of my files were ripped to  .m4v  format my TV wouldn’t recognise them. A simple fix, which worked, was to use  NameChanger  to simply change the file extension of all my movies to  .mp4. My TV recognises and plays the files fine BUT I now have some duplicate files which start with  ._  before the name, for example: ( ._GOODFELLAS.mp4 ). These duplicate files do not play and annoyingly appear at the top of the list. When I go back and connect the hard drive to my iMac to try and delete these ._ files, they do not appear. I have already tried showing hidden files option on my iMac but they still do not appear. I have also erased the hard drive and copied all my files back but the ._ files still appear when connected to my Samsung TV.

Any ideas on how to find and delete these pointless duplicate files from my hard drive?

Thanks in advance.

#2

Hi and welcome to the WD community

This could be created by TV itself when it plays the files, but just to check do the ._ files appear always or is it only when you play the files on the TV?

#3

I also have come across this problem when copying photos from my iMac to a (FAT32) memory stick and I can’t view the photos on my Samsung TV. The '._" does NOT appear when listing the files on my iMac, nor do they appear when I view the files on a PC. However, when on the PC, I copied the files to a NEW directory, and then the files in the new directory did not have the ‘._’ prefix when viewed on my Samsung TV, and so I could view the photos OK!

This is a workaround, but it’s a bit of long winded way to overcome the problem (and you need to have a PC)!

Is there an iMac solution for this?

Thanks

#4

I have the same problem, I can see and view on my smart Samsung when accessing my NAS drive through the TV 6 films, but when I access my NAS via the WD software on my laptop the 6 films do not appear anywhere in any folders, they seem to be hidden, how do I get at them to delete them.
I have telephoned WD help line and asked them, he told me to back up all my files and format my drive back to factory settings and reinstall any files I need.
I would like to see and remove them, not format my drive.
How do I do it

Thanks

#5

I found your questions while searching for the same problem. Guess what? If you’re using a Mac here is the answer: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Vbnthx7-SR4