OMFG... everything within the last session.. LOST

Discussion in 'macOS' started by generik, Nov 9, 2005.

  1. generik macrumors 601

    generik

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    Wow, I have no fracking idea what happened.

    I just rebooted my machine, and when I checked my mail I found Mail downloading all those mails from 2 days ago as unread.. Hmm, that's queer..

    Then I started looking around my machine more and more and wondering "Hey.. where did file x go", "How about that document", "hmmm"

    And then I opened a chat window and Adium, and found the same trend too, my last chat log entry was for 2 days ago when I just sent a message off hours ago..

    And it does seems like that's exactly what that has happened, everything in the past 2 days is *gone*

    I have no idea where it went. Is this what I paid for in this piece of **** of a MacOS? Where did my data go to?
     
  2. iGary Guest

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    Why did you need to re-boot?

    Sounds like something is amiss with your .plist files.
     
  3. generik thread starter macrumors 601

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    How can I recover those lost files?

    Under no circumstances should my files go missing, no? Spyware or otherwise even Windows doesn't do it
     
  4. liketom macrumors 601

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  5. generik thread starter macrumors 601

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    Rebooted cos it was feeling sluggish to the max, VM usage was like 14gb and I have no idea where that memory is going.

    Those files are just lost, it is not plist issue or anything, they are just plain not there anymore.
     
  6. jeremy.king macrumors 603

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    I'm having a tough time with this one...

    Try doing a search for anything modified in the last two days...
     
  7. Nuc macrumors 6502a

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    Try

    Try repairing your permissions then reboot. See what happens. You might could try booting off the CD that came with your computer. Repair permissions there, run the hardware test. Then reboot.

    Don't know if this would work but it's worth a try. Your situation is really odd, unless you did a time warp :D

    Nuc
     
  8. generik thread starter macrumors 601

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    Hmm.. apparently modified files are fine.

    Newly created files in that time frame just vanish
     
  9. generik thread starter macrumors 601

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    Filevault keeps telling me it is using "more space.." etc and asks if I want to recover this unused space, to which I kept telling it no.

    The files are probably there somewhere, but how do I get them back?

    Wow this OS is so damned buggy.
     
  10. jaw04005 macrumors 601

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    Filevault is your clue. I would call AppleCare and discuss the issue with them. It your files were actually written to the hard drive, chances are they're still there just not in a viewable form to the O/S. I'm assuming your running the latest version of Tiger (10.4.3)?

    You safely rebooted, correct? If Filevault was somehow interrupted while it was encrypting and decrypting your home directory, your files may have been deleted or corrupted. You may be able to recover lost documents with a hard drive recovery application.
     
  11. generik thread starter macrumors 601

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    Ah well, just decided to turn that damned thing off. At least it wasn't irreplaceable files.

    Ridiculous.. I can't expect such a thing from Macs too :mad:
     
  12. OnceUGoMac macrumors 6502a

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    It amuses me how people blame computers for their errors.
     
  13. yenko macrumors 6502a

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    Read This!

    http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=301416
     
  14. killmoms macrumors 68040

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    This is why you should ever use FileVault unless you ABSOLUTELY NEED IT. Which you probably don't. It's just a bad idea.
     
  15. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Using FileVault on a personal machine is kinda like protecting your dog's kennel with a rocket launcher. Sure, nothing will get near the kennel, but there's a pretty big chance you'll lose the dog. :(

    Sorry to hear about this generik. Hopefully Apple will come up with a way of getting your data back but I don't have high hopes. Good luck with it. :)
     
  16. DXoverDY macrumors 6502a

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    FileVault is the one thing i don't recommend anyone use unless they have to. Something about encrypting all those files like that just makes me wince.

    If you must encrypt files, create a new disk image, and store your files in that, you have the option of supplying encryption on new disk images with a password. much safer as long as you remember the password.

    also. mac os is not buggy and it's not the mac's fault. it's just the nature of FileVault. you don't need it, so don't use it. you'll notice a great increase in disk access to files in your home directory as well. now, go back to enjoying your mac and talk to apple.
     

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