What are files with the ._ prefix?

Files starting with ._ are created by macOS when copying a file that has extended attributes to a volume that doesn’t support them. In this special file are saved the extended attributes that would otherwise be lost. An example of a volume format that doesn’t support extended attributed is FAT32. These files are hidden when viewing a FAT32-formatted volume in the Finder, but may be shown when you connect it to another device that sees them as separate files.

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