All the files on my desktop disappeared

Discussion in 'macOS' started by chefwong, Jul 18, 2009.

  1. chefwong macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2008
    Just short of using TM - I've looked in the trash and it's not there. There are files there but not the folders/files I had on my desktop.

    Hmm...where do you think these files went ?
  2. lorductape macrumors 6502


    Jun 23, 2006
    t3h usa
    the file fairy took them.

    kidding, are the files there when you look in the finder or just on the desktop you see?
  3. chefwong thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2008
    Not on the desktop nor in finder/users/user/desktop

    Tech Support just had me force quit and relaunch dice.
    It was literally 10 minutes I was looking at my desktop and when I went back to it, poof, clean blank desktop. Apple support 2nd level seems to be stumped.

    Spotlight, etc is not pulling anything up.

    Docs, pics, -- all other folders in the users folder appear untouched. Still there ?
  4. devburke Guest

    Oct 16, 2008
    Just wondering, why do you not want to just use TM? You realize, of course, that you don't have to use it for full system restore, you can also just restore files.
  5. chefwong thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2008
    TM drive is sitting in the office.....

    Got of the line with Apple already. They don't have a clue how it could have occured. Running Super Duper on my MBP as we speak.
  6. Zerozal macrumors 6502

    Apr 3, 2009
    Maybe too obvious of a question, but are you using Spaces? Are you sure you didn't just pop over to a new Space?
  7. r.j.s Moderator emeritus


    Mar 7, 2007
    The desktop stays the same, doesn't it?

    I'd be worried about drive failure if files are randomly disappearing - what does the SMART status in Disk Utility say?
  8. MacBOS macrumors 6502


    Jun 18, 2009
    New York, New York
    bro, bro, bro...

    files stay the same regardless. it doesn't mater which space you are on.

    Aliens took your files. Its the only logical explanation.:eek:
  9. chefwong thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2008
    Ran all tests in Disk Utility.....ran permission check, etc. All tests passed clean.

    Headed out to the office this morning to grab my TM hard drive and I'm back in business.

    Still weary as I have looked on the *net* and I don't have a logical answer on who, what or where these files went. Files should just not disappear off into thin air...
  10. u49aa2 macrumors 6502a


    Nov 3, 2008
    Between Heaven and Hell
    Just in case it is. Run apple Hard ware test:
  11. scaredpoet macrumors 604


    Apr 6, 2007
    And you also checked the S.M.A.R.T. status of the drive? What did it say?

  12. mckeek macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2004
    Same thing happened to me. OSX 10.4.11, Powerbook on its second HD. All of a sudden they weren't there any more. Desktop folder for me (the only user) is gone, too, along with about 95% of the files in my Documents folder. Nothing in spotlight. Ran terminal - ls command reveals nothing. Disk util comes up OK. Tried running it in target disk mode with another mac - nada. Take it to the genius bar - no clue, never seen anything like this before. Google like crazy - nothing.

    Thank God for backups(even if they're a little stale)!
  13. chefwong thread starter macrumors regular

    Jan 17, 2008
    Time Machine Saved the day...on that one for me....

    I used Time Machine for that purpose and every 3-5 weeks, I just run Super Duper as well...

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