Application folder disappeared completely

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Lucccc, Mar 15, 2011.

  1. Lucccc macrumors newbie

    Mar 15, 2011
    So I got my new laptop today, refurbished 13.3 inch White Macbook (mid-2010). Bought it online at the Apple Store. Was changing icons around with CandyBar, customizing the dock and such. I've done the customizing before.

    One minute I was looking at the Applications folder (Macintosh HD/Applications), and everything was fine. I closed the window, looked up something on Google and opened up the folder again and noticed I was missing every app A through I. Everything before iWeb was gone, just disappeared. Not in my trash, searched via Spotlight and came up with nothing. I thought maybe restarting would help, so I restarted.

    Rebooted, logged in and.. the entire applications folder disappeared. Just the folder and the apps, Application Support (Library/Application Support) and such were still there.

    Managed to get on Firefox because I had kept the .dmg file after downloading.. but where did my Applications folder go? I googled a bit, found nothing related to this so I decided to post here..
  2. mogallin macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    I don't know if this is at all helpful but when I used the terminal ls command a while ago i noted that it lists a lot more folders than I can actually see...

    Try the two commands below, exchanging *HDD* for the name of the partition on which OS X is installed.

    cd /Volumes/*HDD*

    ls -a -F -1

    Does it list your applications folder?
  3. Mal macrumors 603


    Jan 6, 2002
    That part isn't necessary. cd / will take you straight to the root of the boot volume.

    It's probably also best to use sudo ls -a, because it will show things that might not otherwise be visible if there's a permissions issue.

  4. mogallin macrumors member

    Jul 21, 2008
    I'm sorry for this slight hijack but I must thank Mal for pointing that out for me, probably gonna save me a lot of typing :)

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