View Full Version : Its all gone, sorta.

May 10, 2013, 10:13 AM
I have a late 2011 13''MBP running 10.8.3. Early this morning I noticed some abnormally high cpu usage from safari and decided to restart my computer for the first time in about 20 days. Took a little longer to shut down than normal but nothing substantial. When it came back on the login process went fine, but all my user settings/desktop backgrounds/number of desktops/app settings etc....have magically vanished from my user account :confused: . I have an SSD replacing my DVD drive, as well as 750GB HDD. My home folder is stored on the HDD, apps on the SSD (also boot drive), apps are still there, and the SSD has no issues, it was verified and permissions fixed through the recovery 'disk'. What is interesting to me is that when I navigate to /Volumes through terminal, I now see Samsung SSD and Toshiba HDD (both should be there, as usual), but I also see 'Toshiba' and 'Toshiba HDD 1" (both should NOT be there). Also, my home folder doesn't have a home anymore, just a regular folder, although the name and path are the same as they used to be. I'd rather not go through the whole restore process if somebody has some handy ideas on things I can try.

What I have tried thus far:
-Advanced options users, home folder location, re-enter the proper path (wasn't wrong anyway)
-Restarted again
-Repair permissions on SSD and repair SSD (recovery disk)
-Repair Disk Toshiba HDD (recovery disk)
-Restarted again
-Screamed at my computer
-Restarted again
-Virus scan (nothing, as if I expected something different)

Thanks for any help you can provide.

May 10, 2013, 11:44 AM
In addition, my bash_history is missing, not even sure how that can happen.

May 10, 2013, 01:39 PM
Some more information, the computer is not saving any changes made after shut down. For example, I change the desktops to having multiple, but after restart or shutdown, its back to the default single desktop space. I change the click settings to tap to click instead of click to click, after shut down, its back to click to click on the trackpad. This holds true for any possible thing you could think of to change.

May 10, 2013, 04:34 PM
Some more information. I have managed to fix my problem, somewhat at least. My home folder has been changed, it appears that a new HDD has been added, virtually, not physically. It's really quite disconcerting how this could have happened, thusly I'm going to format my internal SSD and HDD, and restore from an external source this evening. But, I have attached a photo below (I hope) which shows what I am doing a bad job of describing above. The names of volumes to be concerned with are 'Samsung SSD', 'Toshiba', 'Toshiba HDD', and 'Toshiba HDD 1'. The other names 'super....' and 'General Use' are external and not useful for this discussion. Prior to my problems starting, I had the volumes 'Samsung SSD' and 'Toshiba HDD'. The apps and os were on Samsung SSD, while my home folder was on 'Toshiba HDD'. Now, Samsung SSD remains untouched, but my home folder has been placed in 'Toshiba HDD 1', which explains my previous issues. But, how this could have happened is a mystery, to me at least. 'Toshiba HDD' is now roughly 500MB, and 'Toshiba' is roughly 1KB. If anybody has any clue how this could have happened, please tell, I'm quite curious if I have a security issue.