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Two (!) home folders after computer repair during recovery

by jon_in_usa / November 22, 2009 8:14 AM PST

Background
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My MacBook Pro (Intel) stopped booting about a month ago. A local authorized Apple repair shop replaced the logic card. I have Carbonite but didn't need it as the disk was fine.

Two weeks later, the computer would lock up, and panic during reboots, then six hours later it would boot fine and run for a day then lock up again and panic during boots again. This cycle happened a couple times.

Since I was visiting an area near an Apple store, the local Genius Bar folks took a look at it, suspected memory, swapped with known good stuff and it started working. The problem was the old memory started working fine too. So they sent it to a repair center for a new upper and lower case, flex cable, yet another logic card and a new hard drive. (Extended warranty! phew!)

Now for the interesting part . . . The Carbonite restore said files were going to my account on the new hard drive, but I wasn't seeing them. Then it locked up. A retry or two later and the restore appears to be working -- even the log reports the files are written to the new HD but they're not here!

Digging further, I find an odd situation in the Volumes mount.

Let's say my HD is call "MBP"

The Volumes folder shows an "MBP/Users/Jon" folder (where all the files are being restored)
AND
A symbolic link called "MBP 1" that points to "/" which has the "/Users/Jon" folder my login is using.

I don't have a clue how "MBP 1" was named as such.

There's also a "Macintosh HD/Users/Jon" holding all the files from the prior restores (guess I changed the HD name to "MBP" after that).

Just another case where Finder and the underlying file system may APPEAR to give you the same path, but really DON'T. Take it as an FYI.

Jon

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