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Desktop Folders All Disappeared Along With All File Names

by mcstudio / January 28, 2009 4:07 AM PST

I'm freeking out about now!
I restarted my macbook pro (10.5.6) last night after really slow internet speeds, and when it booted back up all my desktop folders disappeared. I can't even find a single file name anymore anywhere on the harddrive.
Apple support said they've seen the desktop directory glitch with the finder, but we could not reverse whatever happend and they suggested I spend $100 bucks on Disc Warrior.
How am I going to find about 1700 files????? My time machine drive stopped backing up two months ago, ggggrrrrrrr -right when I needed it eh?!
Does anyone have any ideas what I can try to get back the file names and folders?
I know the data is still on the drive, just with no allocations.
I've repaired all disc permissions 3 times-it keeps having to repair them everytime I reboot.

tks in advance,


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As the man said,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 28, 2009 8:46 AM PST

Disk Warrior is the tool of choice for directory problems with the Mac.

You will consider your $100 well spent and worth every cent when it puts your directories back into order.

Also consider it a lesson, your Time Machine failed two months ago, that's when you needed it to be made functional, not "right now".


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by mcstudio / January 28, 2009 9:59 AM PST
In reply to: As the man said,

Tks for the confirm on disc warrior and yes, once again I'm kicking myself for not having Time Machine running correctly.


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Good Luck
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 28, 2009 8:51 PM PST
In reply to: tks

I didn't mean to come off too harsh there, but it is never a question of "if" my hard drive fails, but "when".

They all fail, eventually. Some sooner than others.

Let us know how you get on


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Still No Luck
by mcstudio / January 29, 2009 8:40 AM PST
In reply to: Good Luck

I purchased Disc Warrior, booted from a clone copy drive and ran the Warrior software.
Disc Warrior found a number of problems and said it fixed it all -so I saved the new disc image.
When I opened up the macbook HD -nothing had changed -no files -no folders -no nothing. Man I was bummed and still am.
Not sure what else to do. I know all my data is on the drive, but no Nodes/File Tree info anywhere.
I sure have a love/hate relationship with computers, usually it's pcs -but not this time.


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Boot from the Disk Warrior CD
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 29, 2009 9:33 AM PST
In reply to: Still No Luck

and try again


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From the Disc??
by mcstudio / January 29, 2009 11:20 AM PST

Does it work better from the disc instead of running the software installed on the clone drive?


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(NT) That's what the instructions say.
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / January 29, 2009 8:55 PM PST
In reply to: From the Disc??
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installing screensaver 20 Nov 09 trashed desktop files!!!
by drfizzy / November 20, 2009 9:24 PM PST

Came to this thread after I came home to find my frantic wife staring at her normally very cluttered G5 desktop - it was blank other than HD DVD icons! It happened just after she had installed the book of lost things OSX screensaver ( Ours is a Dual 1.8GHz PowerPC G5 with OSX 10.5 installed.

I tried all of the tips on this thread including rebuilding the directory with Disk Warrior all to no avail. Worse yet I couldn't find any of the desktop files or folders visible or invisible in spotlight.
To cut a long story short, I found that this screensaver installer had cleared all of the desktop files into the trash a 79GB file called "tbolt_screensaver 17-23-53.saver" Right-clicking on this file and selecting "show package contents" revealed all of the desktop files and folders, Because the files were bundled in a "package" in the trash I could not find them in spotlight. It was the 79GB filesize that was the giveaway.

I went back to the bolt website and it appears that this screensaver has been removed but if anyone else has downloaded it don't install this version. Other installers may have a similar fault although I've never come across this before.

The bottom line from this case to add to find files that "disappear"?

This may be a rare event but it was pretty stressful - I do have a mirror backup drive but it only runs every week and there was a lot of new photos etc on the desktop - daily schedule started!

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Target Disk.
by rlcato / January 31, 2009 4:02 PM PST

If you can gain access to a spare Mac that has FireWire you can start your Macbook Pro in target mode (hold down T) and use the spare to -possibly- find your files. If you do find your files, start transferring to the spare or free harddrive. Once you do that do a clean install of you Macbook Pro.

Unfortunately, you'll have to buy an adapter for your FireWire to change it from 800 down to 400 but that shouldn't be a problem. Praise FireWire!!

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