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mtl24

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I wouldn't say the hard drive is fine. We haven't conclusively determined that. I think your files are there but it may not be the ones you want. We're still trying to get access to them. So that is also undetermined. The good news is that the drive mounts and hasn't crashed on you yet. That shows that it's fairly stable so far.
Sweet dreams sweet man!

Thank you again!
 

Idgit

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Can you "Get Info" on a sans titre folder, display the "Sharing & Permissions" section and post a screenshot of it?
 

mtl24

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Can you "Get Info" on a sans titre folder, display the "Sharing & Permissions" section and post a screenshot of it?
Hopefully that's what you asked for...

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Idgit

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You said you can't open those folders because they're greyed out but the permissions show that you should be able to open it.

Are you able to open that folder and see the contents?
 

mtl24

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You said you can't open those folders because they're greyed out but the permissions show that you should be able to open it.

Are you able to open that folder and see the contents?
No, I keep clicking and nothing happens...
 

Idgit

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So double clicking the folder doesn't open it? Weird. As is that creation date: 1984. Something is definitely messed up.
 

Idgit

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Try this command in a Terminal window:

"SetFile -d 12/12/2020 /Path/to/folder".

So, you'll type out "SetFile -d /12/12/2020", then a space after 2020, and then you'll drag the sans titre folder into the Terminal window. After that, hit Return. If the command works, try opening that same folder again.
 

Idgit

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That date is apparently the day Steve Jobs unveiled the very first Mac computer onstage.
 

mtl24

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Try this command in a Terminal window:

"SetFile -d 12/12/2020 /Path/to/folder".

So, you'll type out "SetFile -d /12/12/2020", then a space after 2020, and then you'll drag the sans titre folder into the Terminal window. After that, hit Return. If the command works, try opening that same folder again.
Here it is:

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The It asked me to download XCode or something to which I said yes... It's downloading...

Now it aked me to update my system... Not sure It's going to work as I am stocked at High Sierra and cannot go any further since my Macbook Air is late 2010...
 

Idgit

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The Xcode command line tools for High Sierra should work just fine. Definitely install them.
 

Idgit

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Also, in your Terminal, remove the "/Path/to/folder" folder part. That's just means to drag the folder into the Terminal windows. I should've been more clear. You just need "SetFile -d 12/12/2020" followed by dragging your folder into the Terminal window.
 

mtl24

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Jun 21, 2018
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Also, in your Terminal, remove the "/Path/to/folder" folder part. That's just means to drag the folder into the Terminal windows. I should've been more clear. You just need "SetFile -d 12/12/2020" followed by dragging your folder into the Terminal window.
There without the path/folder...

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Idgit

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Do another Get Info on that folder and post the screenshot of the Permissions window.
 

mtl24

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Do another Get Info on that folder and post the screenshot of the Permissions window.
Wait wait wait... The second folder I can open now... Not sure If It was the one I use or the first one... First one still can't open but second I can... !!!

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I am looking what's inside and there are a few folders...
 

Idgit

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Try that command on a few other sans titre (aka untitled) folders and see if you can open any of them afterwards.
 

mtl24

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Try that command on a few other sans titre (aka untitled) folders and see if you can open any of them afterwards.
Ok I did 3 in a row and It all works... the untitled all opens (the 3 I tried at least) so far...

So, now it's a matter of finding my stuff within all those folders inside folders inside folders?
 

Idgit

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Ok I did 3 in a row and It all works... the untitled all opens (the 3 I tried at least) so far...

So, now it's a matter of finding my stuff within all those folders inside folders inside folders?
Do that command on every one of those san titre folders. It'll be tedious. And go through each one to see if you can find any of those files you're looking for.

After you've done that, I suggest running Disk Utility on that external drive to see if it finds any problems and can fix them. It might take a very long time to complete so just let it run. Post any results here.
 

mtl24

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Jun 21, 2018
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Do that command on every one of those san titre folders. It'll be tedious. And go through each one to see if you can find any of those files you're looking for.

After you've done that, I suggest running Disk Utility on that external drive to see if it finds any problems and can fix them. It might take a very long time to complete so just let it run. Post any results here.
Tedious It will be indeed but thankfully I am very patient...

I just found one with user and my name and I found a few things (not what I am looking for) but a "desktop" of 2-3 years ago with a few pictures, songs and stuff so it's there...

Now, how will I find my stuff I don't know as there are LOTS of folders...

Do you have a tip for stuff that opened with iBooks?
 

Idgit

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iBooks? Could be a few places. Start with this post:

Also, try those search apps I suggested earlier in this thread.
 

mtl24

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Jun 21, 2018
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iBooks? Could be a few places. Start with this post:

Also, try those search apps I suggested earlier in this thread.
Out of 10 untitled only 1 have stuff... Yikes... 30 more to go...
 

Idgit

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If you want to insure the safety of your backups in the future, follow the 3-2-1 Backup Strategy. You never want to rely on a single backup, especially if it's on a hard drive since hard drives can fail at any time.
 
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