Completely removed Private folder!

Discussion in 'iMac' started by Scotty7!, May 28, 2012.

  1. Scotty7! macrumors newbie

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    Was cleaning up my computer and stupidly put my private folder in the trash and emptied my trash. Now the computer is stuck at the white startup screen with the apple logo and endless spinning wheel. Am I totally screwed? Help would be appreciated!
     
  2. Nameci macrumors 68000

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  3. Comeagain? macrumors 68020

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    Are you running Lion? If so, boot the computer while holding [Command] + [R]. You'll need an Internet connection.
     
  4. woody777 macrumors newbie

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    Sorry to hear that...
     
  5. Scotty7! thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I do have time machine and I am running Leopard
     
  6. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    That's nice. But you should contribute instead of apologizing.

    OP: Reinstall Leopard and restore from the most recent backup.
     
  7. Scotty7! thread starter macrumors newbie

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    How would I go about doing this?
     
  8. brand macrumors 601

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    So he shouldn't apologize to the OP? Would you rather he antagonize the OP?
     
  9. AlphaDogg macrumors 68040

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    No that's not what I'm saying and don't put words in my mouth. I'm just saying that I believe his post was a useless post to get his post count higher.

    OP: Insert your restore discs that came with your computer. Then open Disk Utility from the drop down menu. Then click Macintosh HD, click partition, select your current partition and click the little minus. Then click the plus and name your new partition Macintosh HD. Then make sure format is: Mac OS Extended (journaled). Click on your new partition and then click options. Make sure it is set to the GUID partition map/table. Hit apply and let it work its magic. Then install Leopard like normal. Then when setting it up after the install, connect your Time Machine drive. Then restore from that drive.
     
  10. Scotty7! thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Unfortunately, I cannot perform any of these tasks because the computer won't start up. When I power on the computer it starts up and stays on the white screen with the apple logo and the spinning wheel.
     
  11. leman macrumors 604

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    You need to boot from the CD or from the Lion recovery partition. To boot from CD: insert the cd, press the C key during startup. To boot the recovery: press command+R during startup. You can also press alt during startup to view the selection of bootable modules. See also here: http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1533

    In the future, please retain from deleting your system files :p
     
  12. Scotty7! thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Is there anything that i can do to get my computer to start again?
     
  13. leman macrumors 604

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    Uhm, read my post, its right above yours.
     
  14. Nyy8 macrumors 6502a

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    Leman, he said he was running leopard.

    OP: Can you do anything? Maybe you could wipe the drive and use your restore CDs from there.
     
  15. leman macrumors 604

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    Right, my bad. Still, pressing C (or alt) to boot from the cd should work.
     

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