I do not like hidden files/folders/metadata/attribute/thumbnail files, or whatever you would like to call them…
For the last few years ever since I switched to Apple, I’ve been plague with .DS_Store, ._AppleDouble, .Trashes and all the hidden . entries matching one for one for every single file that I had on the WD Live drive. It drove me nuts. Even Windows is just as guilty with their Thumbs.db and desktop.ini files and their temp ~ABC files. (yes I am using Blue Harvest to keep my NAS clean of Apple files, but once in ahile an .AppleDouble folder and .trash would show show up)
Then you have Adobe Bridge which attempts to store a thumbnail extraction in every single directory prefixed with the name .bridge. It is a good thing that I can switch the individual Adobe Bridge folder cache into a single global cache otherwise I’ll be writing a similar post on their forum too.
Now with the WD Cloud we have .nflc_data, .wdmc and .twonky and for the short time that I had the scan running, it was quite a chore to clean up on the hidden .wdmc folders.
With WD Cloud, for some reason I no longer see the .AppleDouble folder and I’ve spent the day looking for which component has changed? as the Apple forum had said that this file was created by WD and WD has said that this was created by Apple.
Of course there are solutions, such as since we are connected to WD Cloud via Samba on the PC side, we can actually hide all these files via the /etc/samba/smb-global_veto.conf file and since Apple is a unix system these files are hidden anyways, so in the end, what does it matter? if you don’t see them, they don’t exist, right?
I could argue that they take a lot of room since even a single byte file will occupy 4K (the size of a sector) , since I use 3.22TB with 400,485 files and 68,457 folders but the reality after doing the math is that it is negligible with 4TB of space (it something like 2 to 3GB with the worst case of 8GB)
However the bottom line is that they are really just a bunch of nuisance files. If you can see them, especially on a PC, my directories are littered with .~1237AB, _ABCD, .wdmc folders and more.
Just imagine that every single file that you have on your hard drive, you have to double, or quadtriple the number of files just because you have a mac, are using Adobe Bridge and that they are stored on a WD drive.
The proper way of dealing with data attribute files are to store them in a mini SQL database that is in a single location rather then having the data scattered across every single folder.
I can see your software programmers shaking their heads…
So if you persist on having a hidden .wdmc folder, then at least let me specify which folders and subfolders I will allow you to index as well as the scheduling of the indexing/scanning time.
If you give none of these options… then someday when I really want a Cloud device (right now I’m just using your Cloud as a NAS), I’ll have to look elsewhere for my Cloud needs