Ghost (Metadata) file on USB after export from Mac


I understand in the Mac system when i file is saved it creates a secondary file for meta data, this file is hidden in the mac os however when using a USB stick to transfer files to a machine, the controller now reads 2 files. The file we want and the meta file. Its impossible to tell which you want to run and clogs up the menu.

Is there a way to prevent this?

Kind regards,

That would be a MacOS specific thing, not something I have influence over in the software, I suspect.

I found a bit of info here:

… but not a great deal.


if you mean the files which start with a dot , just delete them.

they are not needed


Open a terminal session:

Disable creating ‘.ds_store’ on USB volumes
defaults write DSDontWriteUSBStores -bool true

Disable creating ‘.ds_store’ on network volumes
defaults write DSDontWriteNetworkStores -bool true

You can re-enable by changing the -bool true to -bool false any time you want.

@LightBurn understand that is an os thing, wondered if there were work arounds

@barrie in the screens menu i cannot tell the files apart. :frowning_face:

@Bonjour this looks like a viable solution thank you :smiley:

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