It's all gone... everything is gone...

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by john1123, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. john1123 macrumors regular

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    Well i was just happily browsing macrumors when i noticed that my ibook had slowed to a very very slow crawl. 'no problem' i think, open the activity monitor and see that a process called 'Diskimage helper' or something like that is eating my cpu. so i quit the process and resume browsing macrumors.

    10 minutes later, i want to play solitaire and hit F7 for butler's abbreviations dialogue (butler is one great program by the way). nothing happens. butler has crashed. no biggie. i re-open the activity monitor and quit butler, go to the applications folder and restart the app. and that's when i noticed something was definitely not right. butler's preferences were gone. i go to my home folder and...

    IT'S ALL F*CKING GONE!!! i only have a library folder with 5 subfolders:
    -Application support
    -Favorites
    -Fonts
    -Logs
    -Preferences

    I believe that that is the default after a fresh install. (the application support and preferences folder is empty except for some apple apps)

    My log shows some curious errors concerning my home folder (john):

    Feb 25 22:36:06 localhost kernel: disk1s2: operation was aborted.
    Feb 25 22:36:06 localhost last message repeated 16 times
    Feb 25 22:36:06 localhost kernel: disk1s2: media is not present.
    Feb 25 22:36:06 localhost last message repeated 9 times
    Feb 25 22:36:06 localhost kernel: HFS: err 6 reading VH blk (john)
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost kernel: disk1s2: media is not present.
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost kernel: HFS: err 6 reading VH blk (john)
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost kernel: disk1s2: media is not present.
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost last message repeated 2 times
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost kernel: HFS: err 6 reading VH blk (john)
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost kernel: disk1s2: media is not present.
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost last message repeated 7 times
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost kernel: HFS: err 6 reading VH blk (john)
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost kernel: disk1s2: media is not present.
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost kernel: HFS: err 6 reading VH blk (john)
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost kernel: disk1s2: media is not present.
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost last message repeated 8 times
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost kernel: HFS: err 6 reading VH blk (john)
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost kernel: disk1s2: media is not present.
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost kernel: jnl: do_jnl_io: strategy err 0x6
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost kernel: jnl: end_transaction: only wrote 0 of 159744 bytes to the journal!
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost kernel: disk1s2: media is not present.
    Feb 25 22:36:07 localhost kernel: jnl: close: journal 0x1587c88, is invalid. aborting outstanding transactions

    i have no idea what all that means, anyone got an explanation?

    so basically, everything is gone in my home folder, all my pics :( all my music :( all setups :( everything :(

    i've restarted finder but that just resetted the finder preferences to default and created an empty 'desktop' folder in my home. The info on my hd says it still uses the same space as before so i hope there is a way to recover some or all of the missing files.

    I don't have diskwarrior (i am a poor high school student) and don't have any way to get my hands on a copy soon (currently in japan on an exchange and can't speak japanese)

    so... any help would be appreciated :eek:
     
  2. caveman_uk Guest

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    It looks bad to me. Do you have a backup?

    I'm not being sarcastic....really, do you have a backup?
     
  3. john1123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    yeh i do.. the problem is that it's on CDs in Australia, 8000km and 2 weeks away :(
     
  4. WinterMute Moderator emeritus

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    DON"T DO ANYTHING!!!!

    Go and get Diskwarrior 3, boot from the disc, rebuild your directories and restart the machine.

    Sounds like you have corrupted directories, the info is still on your drive, diskwarrior can rebuild deleted or damaged directories, but you mustn't play around withe the drive too much or you could do further damage
     
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    id say that definately is the best way to go about this, otherwise you will risk losing more of your data the more you screw around with everything, but if you act fast, Diskwarrior may be able to save everything yet
     
  6. caveman_uk Guest

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    Are you in Tokyo? Go to Ginza...there's an Apple store near the subway station opposite one of the big department stores (Mitsukoshi(sp?)). They speak English there.
     
  7. caveman_uk Guest

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    IIRC there's another in Osaka but I've not been there.
     
  8. khammack macrumors regular

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    Sudden unexplained file corruption of this magnitude usually means the same thing on any platform: Your disk is failing.

    -kev
     
  9. alex_ant macrumors 68020

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    Sorry to hear about this... just wondering... you wouldn't happen to have been using FileVault? I second the Diskwarrior advice...
     
  10. john1123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well i got my hands on a copy of DiskWarrior today... :D it took some research but i found this store about 1 hour's train ride away that had mac software.

    DiskWarrior fixed everything!! so happy :D:D

    thanks for all your help people. really appreciate it!
     
  11. caveman_uk Guest

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    Maybe you'd like to take a look at SMART Reporter . It's supposed to warn of impending hard drive doom.

    Oh Yeah...and make a backup ;)
     
  12. john1123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I'll be sure to check that app out. thanks for the link!
     
  13. jestershinra macrumors regular

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    Whatever you do- TURN THE MACHINE OFF.

    Leave it alone and decide your preferred method of data recovery. If the data is valuable, consider data recovery services. If not, try rebuilding the directories.
     
  14. aplasticspork macrumors regular

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    (1) your home folder is a disk image, sparseimage to be exact. same thing only a disk image's size cant be changed, the size of a sparseimage increases when you add stuff to it.

    (2) im pretty sure that diskimage helper is the thing running the sparseimage. if you quit that the sparseimage quits too, hence not having anything in your home folder anymore. im pretty sure that all it did was unmount your home folder but im not 100% sure. i'll try quitting diskimage helper now and i'll tell you what happens.

    --andrzej
     
  15. aplasticspork macrumors regular

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    ok, i was correct. i just force quitted diskimage helper and everything in my home folder was gone. diskimage helper controls the sparseimage that is your home folder. quitting it unmounts your home folder, and you dont have access to anything that is in it. a simple restart will fix it. so try restarting, and if that doesnt work then something other than force quitting diskimage helper happened to your computer.
    --andrzej
     
  16. dotdotdot macrumors 68020

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    Defidantly take a look at your hard drive now that your problem has been fixed.
     
  17. john1123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    hey there thanks for clearing that up. i am definitely never going to force quit diskimage helper - or any other process i don't know - again though ;)
     
  18. john1123 thread starter macrumors regular

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    that will be one of the first thing i'll do when i get back to australia :)
     
  19. evanjwendell macrumors newbie

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    Help?

    The same thing happened to me, but instead of my whole home folder, it was just the applications and their files in application support. They're all gone. If this is the same problem, I might be willing to buy disk warrior, but I don't want to buy it until I know that's the only way to get all the files back.
     
  20. saberahul, Dec 28, 2011
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    Is there no trial version available?
     
  21. dknightd macrumors 6502

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    Come on, this thread was from 2005 - if you want help start a new one!
     
  22. evanjwendell macrumors newbie

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    ...i have...

    ----------

    I've just search up on that, and no, unfortunately there isn't a trial version.
     
  23. monokakata macrumors 68000

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    There's no trial for Disk Warrior, but there is a trial for Data Rescue III. So why not try that one? You can see whether it's going to work, and then decide whether to pay or not.

    Sometimes one works and the other won't.
     
  24. Maverick513 macrumors member

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    Thanks, guys. But this is a very old, old thread…
     
  25. evanjwendell macrumors newbie

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    ALRIGHT! I think I've got it... unfortunately, ill have to reinstall some things, but I actually had to go to the applications folder in a different weird 'side route' in the finder in time machine, so I've got most of them back now. I'm really not sure what happened though.
     

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