URGENT :Files Cannot be found after Changing the Home Folder's Name!!

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jotsib, Mar 14, 2007.

  1. jotsib macrumors newbie

    Feb 8, 2007
    Athens Greece
    Well, things here look like a disaster..
    The user changed the name of the home folder and then all the preferences and the files inside the user's library dissappeared..

    Now Mac OS X has creatd a new user with the new name, and it has transfered many files (music, pictures, documents etc) from the old user but none of the preferneces and especially the mail folder of the library is nowhere, as well the mail preferneces..
    It also has keeped an folder for the old user with only some preferences.. which dont help at all..

    Situation here is tough, and I dont know what to do to take back the mailboxes with all the messages. There is nothing in the trash...

    We use Mac OS X 10.4.8.

    I think all we need is a Time Machine, to go back in the time..
    Does anyone have any idea ??? How could I recover/ find the whole user's folder ?

  2. clevin macrumors G3


    Aug 6, 2006
    ur files should still be there, just in a folder with different name, this is well-known stupid behavior of OSX, it allows you to rename that home folder, but then turns around punishes you for doing so, lol

    read here for some suggestions
  3. WildCowboy Administrator/Editor


    Staff Member

    Jan 20, 2005
    Apple has a support document about this. What should have happened is that everything remained in the old user directory, but it sounds like the user managed to move pieces of it from the old directory to the new directory.

    Everything should still be there, but it's now split across two user accounts, with some things (like preference files) existing in multiple versions if they were used in the different accounts. Does that sound about right? If so, it seems like it could be a tricky fix, depending on how much the user moved between accounts. You can try moving things back into the user account and then use Apple's support document to rename things and get back to the way it was before the directory was renamed. Things like preference files probably shouldn't be moved, because there are proper versions of them already existing in the old directory. But music, pictures, etc. should go back to the old directory.

    OS X wouldn't have moved everything to the new user account by itself after the renaming, so I'm not sure what happened there. The mail folders really should still be there somewhere. Without seeing the system, it's really tough for me to give any more specific advice.
  4. Blubbert macrumors 6502

    Nov 1, 2006
    There have been quite a few instances of this happening recently. Could we make a sticky that adresses the problem?
  5. annk Administrator


    Staff Member

    Apr 18, 2004
    Somewhere over the rainbow
    I agree that might be a good idea, though if people just searched before posting new threads....:rolleyes:
  6. swiftaw macrumors 603


    Jan 31, 2005
    Omaha, NE, USA

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