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Important files inaccessible after clean install of OS despite backup on external HDD

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by Errol246, Dec 17, 2011.

  1. macrumors newbie

    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.

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  2. macrumors 6502a

    Those are aliases that you backed up - not the real thing. :(
  3. macrumors newbie

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


    http://www.piriform.com/recuva lrn2luv
  5. macrumors 6502a

  6. macrumors member


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


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