After upgrade from leopard to lion, all data is lost. Help!

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  1. jenlyd, Feb 6, 2012
    Last edited: Feb 7, 2012

    jenlyd macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2011
    I upgraded from leopard (snow, I think) to lion. My iPhoto, Aperture, and iTunes are all empty, as well as my documents. What do I need to do to transfer the files? I thought they would automatically transfer.
  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    How did you upgrade?
    Do you have a backup?
    Have you looked at the Pictures and Music folders to see, if your data is still in there?

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  3. btbrossard macrumors 6502a

    Oct 25, 2008
    Is the rest of your data on the drive or is none of your personal documents to be found?

    Were all of these items in the default location under Snow Leopard (Macintosh HD\Users\User Name\Documents, Music, Pictures, ect...)?

    I would look in those folders under your current user account to see if any of your data is there.
  4. SandboxGeneral Moderator emeritus


    Sep 8, 2010
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    Have you tried to restore from a Time Machine backup?
  5. jenlyd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2011
    I upgraded by buying it from the apple store. No, stupidly enough, I don't have a backup.
    The folders are empty. The only thing that seems to have transferred is my contacts.


    I'm not sure if the items were in default or not. All of the folders are empty except contacts.


    No. How do I do this?
  6. blueroom macrumors 603


    Feb 15, 2009
    Toronto, Canada
    Always backup your data, it's so easy, inexpensive and invaluable it's hard to imagine not doing it.
    If / when your HDD fails you'll be prepared.
    * cheap = an external HD
  7. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    That's kind of an important point. AFAIK, there is no "upgrade" from Leopard. You have to erase everything entirely and install from scratch. It will upgrade from Snow Leopard though.

    If you're not too comfortable with all of this troubleshooting, I would make a reservation at the Genius Bar of the store that you bought the upgrade from and let them see what happened.
  8. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    So are you sure that you performed an upgrade and not a fresh install by accident?
    I've never had any of my OS X upgrades delete data.
    It's possible it may have moved it, check to see if you have another user account
  9. jenlyd thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 25, 2011
    I think I might do just that. I'm afraid of doing something that will delete everything. It's a lot to lose. Thanks a bunch.


    Yep. Pretty sure it was an upgrade. There are two under my name, one with just first name, and one first and last, but both are empty. There's another listed that is my ex-husband's name, but I can't access that one.
  10. Kubaaw macrumors newbie

    Mar 20, 2012
    Lost files

    Happened the same to me. After I installed lion, downloaded from apple store, folder lost my video files. Folder still appeared on a dock, but was empty. I'm running right now Data recovery. I let you know if that helped.

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