Something really strange just happened (disappearing files...)

Discussion in 'macOS' started by mduser63, May 22, 2006.

  1. mduser63 macrumors 68040

    mduser63

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    Because SimCity 4 doesn't run quite right under Tiger, I decided to install Panther on a partition on an external drive just for playing SC4. Anyway, after partitioning the drive, including a 30 GB partition for Panther, I installed Panther. It wouldn't boot for some reason, and Tiger's Disk Utility reported an unrepairable error with the partition. So, I installed Panther again. This time it booted fine, and I proceeded to update to 10.3.9 with Software Update and rebooted with no problems. I then installed SC4, and played it for quite a while, creating two cities. I also installed a couple other apps for use when booted in Panther. When I was done playing, I shut down, disconnected the external drive, and then booted the machine back up (into Tiger of course). After a while I decided to go back to Panther and play SC4 some more. Here's where things get weird.

    I opened Startup Disk and was surprised to notice that it reported OS X 10.3.4 on the external drive, as opposed to 10.3.9. Figuring it was just something weird with Startup DIsk, I selected the external and rebooted. When the machine booted up again, I was greeted with the Set Up Assistant. Again I thought it might just be a weird hiccup, so I quit out of it, but I had to set up my login account again. After logging in, I found that the OS was only at 10.3.4, and there were no apps (including Sim City) installed whatsoever. It's as if the drive magically reverted to exactly the state it was in right after I installed Panther in the first place. This is after I had installed 10.3.9, rebooted and confirmed that it had installed, as well as played SC4 for several hours, during which I quit the game and restarted it with no trouble loading my cities.

    I'm updating to 10.3.9 again now, then I'll reinstall SC4. Does anyone have any hypothesis as to what may have happened? I'm absolutely sure that the partition on the external that I installed Panther on to is the same one that I've booted from every time, so it's not a matter of just getting confused with which partition is which. I mounted the external in Tiger and Spotlight didn't find any of my SimCity files anywhere on the whole system (including all three partitions and my internal drive). The strangest thing to me is that 10.3.9 was not only installed, but previously booted, then the OS reverted to 10.3.4, but otherwise was fine.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    That's really weird and I'm not sure how it happened. I know user settings can disappear if there's not much free space on the boot drive, but system files shouldn't do this.
     
  3. mduser63 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    I upgraded to 10.3.9 again, and installed Sim City and played it some more, and several switches between Tiger and Panther later, it's still fine. I still think that what happened is really weird.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

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    Yeah, very bizarre. I'd check the disk in Disk Utility, just to make sure it's okay, although I'm pretty sure it'll come up fine. :)
     
  5. Crikey macrumors 6502

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    Could you have created two different partitions on your external drive and installed Panther on each of them?


    Crikey
     
  6. mduser63 thread starter macrumors 68040

    mduser63

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    No, just one partition. At this point I think the first Panther install that wouldn't boot was still on the drive somehow. I have now idea why it suddenly reappeared and became bootable, and the newer fully updated install disappeared. Anyway, drive's working fine now. Been playing SimCity all day :).
     

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