Hide $RECYCLE.BIN

Discussion in 'Installation and Configuration' started by danisrael, Feb 22, 2009.

  1. danisrael

    danisrael

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    When using "Shared Profiles," Parallels places a $RECYCLE.BIN file in the common folders. Is it possible to hide this through the MAC OS or Parallels Desktop for MAC?

    Using MAC OS 10.5.6 & PD for Mac 4.0.3810 & Windows Vista SP1
     
  2. Flagg

    Flagg

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  3. danisrael

    danisrael

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    Ideally, using Shared Profiles would make WINDOWS use the MACs recycle bin...but this doesn't seem to be the case.
     
    Last edited: Feb 23, 2009
  4. danisrael

    danisrael

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    This appears to be unsolvable. In Vista, Network shares can now take advantage of the recycle bin concept. Windows does this by storing a hidden file in the location of the network share. Windows toggles the hidden file bit for NTFS hiding the special $Recycle.Bin file. However, because the network share is not an NTFS drive, but actually HFS+ (Mac File Structure), there is not bit to toggle. HFS+ does not support a "hidden feature" at the file level beyond the UNIX standard of ".filename."

    Therefore it is not possible to hide this file from Vista itself, beacuase the mac drive doesn't support the NTFS hidden bit. And it is not possible to hide this from the MAC because changing the file name is not supported by Windows.

    A alternative is to disable the recycle bin on network shares. However, this removes the safety net.

    Parallels seems to be a great product. Maybe one day they can figure a way to merge the trash/recycle bins of the two OS's.
     

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