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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,

Terry

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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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tks
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.

t.

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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.

t.

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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?

t.

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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 (http://www.thebookoflostthings.com/screensaver/installer_OSX.zip) 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"?
DON'T EMPTY THE TRASH
INVESTIGATE SUSPICIOUSLY BIG FILES
CHECK FOR "LOST" FILES HIDDEN IN "PACKAGE BUNDLES"

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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