I have a external HD with several folders and every folder have a specific icon.

I tried to clean it up with CleanMyDrive2, and now my folders are all back with the usual blue folder icon. Inside of each folder, there is an "icon?" file, but it is visible (it should be invisible so that the folder take the look of the icon, I think). The "icon?" file appear like an executable unix file.

  • If I do a preview (by hitting spacebar when the folder is selected) the specific icon appear normaly, but when selecting "get info" the usual blue folder appear
  • If I try to copy the "icon?" file in another folder (like on my desktop) an error appear saying that I can't copy this file because it is invisible (but it's not).

  • When showing invisible files, no new file appear on the folders

  • Unmounting and mounting back my HDD didn't solve the problem

  • When copying the "icon?" icon and pasting it on the folder icon, some of them get back their icon and all of the "icon?" files copied are then deleted (or perhaps, getting back to invisible when the folder gets back its icon).

Is there a way to get back an icon from the "icon?" file ?

I'm running macOS Mojave 14.6

  • The HDD was formatted on ExFAT – Edd Growl Mar 30 '20 at 14:56
  • Tried both way, none icon shows – Edd Growl Mar 30 '20 at 15:29
  • '._Icon?' do not appear on the list, and the size of 'Icon?' is 0. Also, when doing a preview on foobar the usual blue folder appear. – Edd Growl Mar 30 '20 at 15:54
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    Okay, I finally got a chance to run CleanMyDrive2 on an external HD formatted ExFAT and it wiped the necessary extended attributes and resource fork meta-data to remove 50 custom icons on a set of folders to which I had applied the custom icon through the icon on the folders Get Info window. This did remove/detete the ._Icon? files which are the actual icons the Icon? as a com.apple.ResourceFork points to. The actual icons are in a wrapper. It also removed the com.apple.FinderInfo meta-data from the folders and resource files. – user3439894 Mar 30 '20 at 23:48
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    CleanMyDrive2 is a very nasty destructive program and I would not use it ever again!!! – user3439894 Mar 30 '20 at 23:49

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