Can't see files on external hard drive. Need help

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  1. Gradanko macrumors newbie

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    I am trying to use my hard drive I have had for a couple years to back up some files on my computer, but the data I had stored on there already has disappeared. I previously had the hard drive connected to the Time Machine application, but have not used it in over a year when I received an error message trying to backup my computer using that application.

    I know the data I already had on there is still on the hard drive because nearly half of the space on the drive is used up, but when I plug the hard drive in to my computer and open it there are no files to be found. I want to back up the current files on my computer, but I don't want to risk losing what I already had on the hard drive, so is there any way I can find and access the old files again?

    I'll include my hardware information on here in case that helps to find a solution:

    2006 MacBook Pro 15"
    Intel Core Duo
    Mac OS X 10.5.8

    1TB Western Digital My Book: Studio Edition II
    Dual-drive Storage System with RAID

    Thanks for any help.
     
  2. spinnerlys Guest

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    Open Terminal and enter the following:
    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder
    to show hidden files/folders in Finder and check if you can see them now.

    To hide the files again:
    Code:
    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
    killall Finder
    Have you checked the TRASH yet?
     
  3. Gradanko thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It doesn't do anything, all I get is this message:

    2010-09-21 10:33:08.007 defaults[658:10b] Unexpected argument killall; leaving defaults unchanged.
     
  4. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

    Hal Itosis

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    Looks like you ran those two commands on one line. They were supposed to be run one at a time.

    Or, use a semicolon:

    defaults write com.apple.finder AppleShowAllFiles -bool true; killall Finder

    I also added the -bool type specifier there, to ensure proper data gets written. (the actual value should be a 0 or 1 to set the state... not a string).

    --

    Have you verified that external with Disk Utility?

    Let's see what these *two* commands say (one at a time):

    diskutil list

    df -h
     
  5. spinnerlys Guest

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    Strangely I can run them both at the same time, meaning I can copy the complete command, including KILLALL FINDER and it looks like this:
    [​IMG]
     
  6. Hal Itosis macrumors 6502a

    Hal Itosis

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    Behavior probably dependent on how one sets the Terminal preference labeled: "paste newlines as carriage returns".

    Anyway, i prefer to follow more conventional practices (use semicolons to separate distinct commands, and/or copy/paste them one line at a time, and/or escape by using a backslash \
    to continue entering long commands onto the next line).
     

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