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The home folder Error after hard restart.

by Perogie15 / October 31, 2012 1:49 PM PDT

I have a partitioned macbook pro, and I tried to get hdmi with a tv to work, which it didnt. I couldnt get my screen to show up again, so I had to hard restart the computer. When I turned the computer on again and went to the Mac partition, my preferences were all messed up, my background was changed, I cannot access the finder, and I get the error message...

"The home folder for user "xxxx" isn't located int he usual place, or can't be accessed." basically I can't do anything, and I am freaking out. What do i do?

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Sounds like you moved something that you shouldn't have
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 1, 2012 12:23 AM PDT

When you say that you started the Mac and went to the Mac partition, what exactly do you mean?
If the Mac booted correctly, then your Home folder is intact and working correctly.
What, exactly, is this "Mac" partition and what is the other partition used for? Does the other partition have OSX installed on it


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Partition info:
by Perogie15 / November 2, 2012 8:18 AM PDT

1 half-ish of my partition is OSX, and one half is windows 7. I tried to connect hdmi to a tv within the mac partition, hard restart, and then tried getting on to OSX partition again.

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That windows partition,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 3, 2012 9:07 PM PDT
In reply to: Partition info:

Does it appear on the desktop as an icon
Did you install Windows 7 under Boot Camp?
If the latter, reboot the computer while holding down the Option key.
You should get a choice of drives to boot from.
Chooser the OSX option and tell us what happened


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The same thing happens.
by Perogie15 / November 4, 2012 4:23 AM PST

First off, its the latter. When I choose the OSX partition HD it just ends up saying the same error. The windows 7 installed on the seperate partition works fine and still has all of my preferences.

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Right, now we have that straight,
by mrmacfixit Forum moderator / November 4, 2012 10:22 PM PST

let's see if we can find the Home Folder for User "xxxx", which I am assuming actually shows your name and not xxxx

Boot into OS X and see if you can find the "Users" folder. If yes, is the folder with your name on it there?

If not, try using Spotlight to find your name. enter it exactly, Remembering that there is not usually a space between the first and last name.
If found, go to it and move it into the Users folder.
Reboot and log in again.

Any better?


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by jamauai / January 6, 2013 7:06 PM PST

Repair disk permissions via Disk Utility on the partition your home folder is located in. Worked like a charm for me. The error came from the system not being able to see the home folder due to screwed up permissions. Once you repair it everything goes back to normal and the system can finally see where the home folder is. All your previous settings and stuff should come back.

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