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Windows 7: Hidden .files folders


27 Jun 2010   #1

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 
Hidden .files folders

My music, photo, and video folders all have hidden folders such as mp3.files and jpg.files. The hidden photo folders seem to contain thumbnails (two sizes), I'm not sure what is in the video folders, and the mp3 folders are empty. Is is safe to delete these? Or maybe just the empty ones? And is there any way I can stop Windows from creating the .files folders in the first place?
Thanks for the help.

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27 Jun 2010   #2

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi kp11 and welcome.
First I would say it is never safe to delete a folder if you are not sure what it does whether it has any content or not! Please post the actual path to these folders as they may well be junction link folders which are system folders required by Windows. If you go to Tools then Folder options, scroll down until you see "Dont show hidden folders or files" and check the radio button. See if the folders you are talking about are still available. If they are hidden just forget them.
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28 Jun 2010   #3

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

The path is
C:\Mandi\Music

and it lists the type as: File folder (.files)

There are no items in the folder with 0 bytes being used, but a new folder is created for every song, photo, or video. I deleted the empty music folders and the songs play just fine. All of the tag info is still intact (including the album covers I don't want) so I can't imagine why the folders were created in the first place.
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28 Jun 2010   #4

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Hi kp11
Am lost a bit on this but are you saying that everytime you import a picture file to your PC to the folder designated by you Win 7 creates a separate folder straight in the "C" drive in folder named "Mandi"? Is the word "Mandi" relevant? Perhaps if you attached a screenshot of exactly what is there that would help!
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28 Jun 2010   #5

Windows 7 x64 Home Premium
 
 

I found my problem. It's not windows creating the extra folders but Vaio's Analysis software. For anyone else with this problem, you have to uncheck the analyze music, photos, and video in the software settings. You can delete the extra folders, they're just wasting space.

Thanks for you help though!

More: When adding pictures to Vista Picture folder it creates a HIDDEN folder of the same name with two copies of same picture in it
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28 Jun 2010   #6

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

Jolly Good. Thanks for the feedback. Have reported this issue as "Resolved"
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05 Jan 2014   #7

Win 7 Ultimate x32 Win 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kp11 View Post
I found my problem. It's not windows creating the extra folders but Vaio's Analysis software. For anyone else with this problem, you have to uncheck the analyze music, photos, and video in the software settings. You can delete the extra folders, they're just wasting space.

Thanks for you help though!

More: When adding pictures to Vista Picture folder it creates a HIDDEN folder of the same name with two copies of same picture in it
I had the exact same problem with my Sony VAIO PCG-61611M laptop creating duplicate (.files)
hidden music, photo & video folders? I couldn't find solution anywhere until came across this old
forum post and now have disable VAIO analysis manager and fix the problem for good.

Just for those who don't know how to do it...
1. Go to windows start and type "analysis manager settings" in the search program & files box.
2. Click on VAIO Analysis Manager Settings and uncheck analyze photo, video & music setting.
3. Also disable all analysis manager uncheck preference learning function setting then press ok.

Many thanks to KP11
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