So here's the deal... My sister called tonight complaining that most of her files were gone. It took a bit of interrogating to learn that she had renamed her home folder from /Users/her_name to /Users/family_name. Fine. Not too big of a deal. The trouble is that as I was describing to her why this was a problem and explaining that it was a big deal, an OS X flaw, but also recoverable she changed it back! So she changed /Users/family_name to /Users/her_name (the original name). My heart sunk. I think this last act would have clobbered the still existing (but hidden) original home folder. Before she logged out I told her to change it back (again) from /Users/her_name to /Users/family_name thinking that she had likely already lost her files, but this *might* help things from getting clobbered when she logged back in. I don't know when exactly the new folders are created, but I think some things are created at login. I have ssh access to her machine so I can dig around, but it doesn't look good. I think she clobbered herself. Any advice?