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Errol246
Dec 17, 2011, 10:38 AM
Hello everyone,

I just finished doing a fresh, clean install of Mac OS X lion on my macbook pro. Prior to reformatting the hard drive and installing the OS, I made a backup of everything present on the hard drive on an external, Wester Digital, 500 GB HDD. Some of the most important ones were the notes I have taken during my first half year of high school and, ironically enough, when I plugged in the HDD to retrieve some of my previous files, the most important files were the only files I could not get access to.

Before I backed everything up, the files I talk about were located on the desktop. I backed up absolutely everything. I even double checked if everything was there several times. I made sure that my subject notes were there; I had complete access to them and could even go in an edit my documents. But now I can't even see the files.

If you look at the image I've attached, you can see that the folder "Desktop", which used to be a light-blue, accessible folder just like all the others, now looks like a blank piece of paper with a small, black arrow in the corner.

When I then click it (look at the second, attached picture), the following text box comes up (and I translate):

"The action cannot be carried out because the original topic for "desktop" does not exist.

What the **** have I done? Will I ever be able to retrieve those school notes, which I have spent countless hours writing? If so, how can I do that?

Thank you in advance.



Steve's Barber
Dec 17, 2011, 11:12 AM
Those are aliases that you backed up - not the real thing. :(

Errol246
Dec 17, 2011, 11:17 AM
Those are aliases that you backed up - not the real thing. :(

Would there be any way of retrieving the original files if I go deep enough into the system?

StevenMeyer
Dec 17, 2011, 11:22 AM
Would there be any way of retrieving the original files if I go deep enough into the system?

http://www.piriform.com/recuva lrn2luv

Steve's Barber
Dec 17, 2011, 01:09 PM
http://www.piriform.com/recuva lrn2luvI doubt a Windows app would help.

StevenMeyer
Dec 17, 2011, 01:13 PM
I doubt a Windows app would help.

I find that windows has better recovery freeware. And it used to work with all formats.

Errol246
Dec 17, 2011, 01:50 PM
http://www.piriform.com/recuva lrn2luv

I appreciate your help, but that application is only available for Windows.