Lost user data in MacBook

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by realoldie, Nov 13, 2006.

  1. realoldie macrumors newbie

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    Hi,

    I had to force a shutdown of Firefox today and I immediately lost all of my user settings in all my applications. All my mail settings have gone and Mail wants me to set them up again; iTunes has lost all my podcast settings and asks me to re-register and so on.


    My logon id and password are still valid, and when I search for the text of an email in Spotlight, I can see that it's still there, but I have no way of accessing it.

    Does anyone know if there's a way that I can retrieve my settings? Any help will be gratefully acepted as I'm totally relying on my MacBook and it will be such a hassle if I have to statrt again from scratch.

    Realoldie
     
  2. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    Did you rename your "home folder" at any point before FF crashed/you restarted?
     
  3. realoldie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, no changes at all. I was in the middle of an ftp session when it happened.

    Realoldie
     
  4. realoldie thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi Mitthrawnuruodo,

    Based on your question I had a look at my Home Folder and noticed that the Library Folder was created today. So I had a look around and found that my original Library Folder had been moved into my Applications Folder.

    So, I renamed the new Library Folder as "Library_new" and dragged the other Library Folder into my Home Folder. I rebooted and - voilà! everything's back to normal.

    Thank you so much for responding so quickly and for leading me towards the solution. I've only been a Mac user for 5 or 6 months and I'm still learning!

    realoldie
     
  5. Mitthrawnuruodo Moderator emeritus

    Mitthrawnuruodo

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    Well, a bit more complicated than I'd guessed... but nice detective work, and I'm glad it worked out... :)
     

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