Tutorial Fix Archive Bit & Deleting thrash files - MacOs

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This is gonna be my first ever tutorial written here so please be kind.

Yes I am a Mac OS user, and this mainly to help those who are having problems with copying files and just plainly annoyed on the ._random-name(underscored threash files as i call them) files.

Requirements:
Mac OS machine
Latest release of Hekate
Switch (ofcourse)
Any form of micro sd card reader (duh!)

This tutorial will just assume you already copied the files you want into your micro SD card. So with that said, let's proceed.

Section1: Copying Hekate files into your micro SD Card. (skip this section if you already have Hekate)

Step1:
Download the latest release of Hekate, which is link above.

Step2:
Extract the zip files, then copy the extracted items in the root of your micro SD card.

Note:
If you have Hekate already in your micro SD card then skip this section and proceed with the next.

Section2: Deleting the ._ thrash files using Mac OS Terminal.

Step1:
Open a Terminal, then type in:

dot_clean SDCARD-LOCATION

Screenshot:
Screen Shot 2020-12-12 at 5.17.32 PM.png

Step2:
Press Enter/Return

Note:
If you are unfamiliar on how to get your micro sd card location into Terminal, just open a new Finder and do a Command+Shift+C, It will go to where all the Drives and network you are currently connected. Once you see your micro sd card drive, just drag and drop the drive name(micro sd card) into Terminal, and it will look like something in the spoiler above.

Step3: Once done, safely eject your micro SD card into your Nintendo Switch.

Section3: Fixing Archive bit using Hekate

I know, I know. This feature has been there for a long time, but since this is a common problem for Mac OS users, then might as well include it in the tutorial.

Step1:
Inject the latest hekate payload to your Nintendo Switch.

Step2:
If you are using fusee-primary.bin as your payload, Hekate menu will pop up and ask you to put the Date and Time, just do it then proceed with the next step.

Step3:
Select Tools > Arch bit • RCM • Touch • Partition > Fix Archive Bit.

It will then start scanning your micro SD card. It might take a while depending on how many files are currently in the your sd card. Once done, select Close.

Step4:
Now Select Home and boot into your preferred boot options if you are using Hekate as your main payload. Or turn off the switch and inject fusee-primary.bin if you are more of an atmosphere user.
 

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Hello!

Someone did the same thing here:

https://gbatemp.net/threads/how-to-fix-archive-bit-for-all-sd-files-and-folders.515258/

It can be done too and both tutorials are very good but too longer to follow the steps and really waste to my opinion.

I am a macOS user as well as Windows user.

There is another option and this one is much faster! I used CleanEject app because it will removed the dot stuff in SD CARD faster and less than 3 seconds. Less hassle and quicker.

To prevent this the program CleanEject was created. This program erases the following folders and files:

  • .Trashes/
  • .Spotlight-V100/
  • .fseventsd/
  • .TemporaryItems/
  • .DS_Store
  • .apdisk
  • all files starting with ._ (excluding the file ._. ; this one is essential when you've set a custom drive icon)
Been doing it for over 2 years. Love this piece of tool! :)
 
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Hello!

Someone did the same thing here:

https://gbatemp.net/threads/how-to-fix-archive-bit-for-all-sd-files-and-folders.515258/

It can be done too and both tutorials are very good but too longer to follow the steps and really waste to my opinion.

I am a macOS user as well as Windows user.

There is another option and this one is much faster! I used CleanEject app because it will removed the dot stuff in SD CARD faster and less than 3 seconds. Less hassle and quicker.

To prevent this the program CleanEject was created. This program erases the following folders and files:

  • .Trashes/
  • .Spotlight-V100/
  • .fseventsd/
  • .TemporaryItems/
  • .DS_Store
  • .apdisk
  • all files starting with ._ (excluding the file ._. ; this one is essential when you've set a custom drive icon)
Been doing it for over 2 years. Love this piece of tool! :)
Hi!

I’ve read that guide(I even had a reply in it ) but correct me if i am wrong, but his method requires a VM. Nice tip on that tool too. But just incase people just want to use the built in apps they have in their Mac OS, then at least they will know it can be done. Again, thanks for the tip.
 

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Hi!

I’ve read that guide(I even had a reply in it ) but correct me if i am wrong, but his method requires a VM. Nice tip on that tool too. But just incase people just want to use the built in apps they have in their Mac OS, then at least they will know it can be done. Again, thanks for the tip.

Yeah, I believed that his method requires a VM. Your is even better to be honest but thanks for the tip too. I will stick with my simple tool for quicker method. :P
 

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Yeah, I believed that his method requires a VM. Your is even better to be honest but thanks for the tip too. I will stick with my simple tool for quicker method. :P
Is cleaneject still working? I just got a Mac and I'm still getting the error even after using it
EDIT - I had to do "Archive bit using Hekate" and now its working. THANKS!

Cleaneject + Archive bit with Hekate is a GO
 

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Is cleaneject still working? I just got a Mac and I'm still getting the error even after using it
EDIT - I had to do "Archive bit using Hekate" and now its working. THANKS!

Cleaneject + Archive bit with Hekate is a GO

I dont need Archive bit with Hekate. An Cleaneject standalone for my macOS works fine even today. I always used it. It works for Mojave and the latest version as my best friend used it for his latest version as well.
 
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