Disaster just happened

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by 420benz, Mar 22, 2016.

  1. 420benz macrumors 6502

    420benz

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    All of my folders are empty after i emptied the trash. They all have ? on them.Can i get them back?
     
  2. CoastalOR macrumors 68000

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    Not enough information to provide any help. You to explain exactly what happened and information about your system/OS.
     
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    420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

    420benz

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    El Capitan 10-11-3 I am new to the MBP .For some reason whatever i download onto this MBP does not go into Apps. or downloads. I created several folders with info like this forum in them. I decided to empty the trash and that's when all of my folders have ? on them. I don't know if i can get them back.
     
  4. 420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Is it possible that all, of the downloads are going into the trash?
     
  5. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    By default, things you download through a browser goes into the Downloads folder in your home folder (~/Downloads).

    Would you mind sharing some screenshots of your problems, so we can get a better idea of what's up?
     
  6. 420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think i solved my problem.Thanks
     
  7. 420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Well i was wrong.Just downloaded Firefox from the web and it went to All my files,Applications and Documents and not in Downloads.
     
  8. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Just change it in Firefox preferences.
     
  9. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    _Everything_ that you download or create ends up in All My Files. That's why it is named "All my Files" :D

    If you did not already have Firefox, then you did not use Firefox for the download, but you would have used some other browser - maybe Safari, eh?
    You need to find out what location is set for your downloads - which is a setting that you can easily change.

    If you used Safari (or some other browser, for that matter), then you can check in Safari's preferences, then the General tab - you can see the location that is set for Downloads.
    What do you see there?
     
  10. 420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

    420benz

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    FF Is set to downloads.
     

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  11. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

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    Applications like Firefox will go to your apps folder. What's the problem??
     
  12. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    I'll second the post above. I don't understand the problem.
     
  13. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    When you download ANYTHING from your browser, it will, by default, go to the location that is set for downloads.
    In your Firefox screen shot, Firefox will download to your Downloads folder.
    All looks good, so far.

    You may want to tell us exactly where those folders that you found empty.
    If you right-click on the titlebar on any of those open folders, you will see the file path, telling you exactly where the folders are located.

    What kind of files were in those folders? Maybe all were temporary files, such as mounted disk images... (?)
    Did you also RESTART your Mac after you emptied the trash?
    If not, try restarting your Mac now!
     
  14. 420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    DeltaMac: I gave up on the folders.I just made new ones. I am having issue after another. When i first got this MBP i could take a screen shot and it would go to the desktop and it was the proper size. Now it is too large to post on this forum and it goes into Documents. And nothing goes into My Files.
     
  15. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    I repeat - everything that you do to make files (or download files) goes into All My Files - that's why it is there.
    There's nothing that you can do to change the fact that everything goes into All My Files.
    I don't use All My Files myself - I just ignore that feature.

    Yes, Screen shots go into Documents, if that's where you want them to go.
    That default location for saving screen shots does not affect your location for downloads in any way. It's completely different. I prefer to use my Pictures folder for that, but Documents is a good place, too. I really DON'T like to save screen shots on my desktop. Too messy - but that's just me! :D
    You can change the default destination for many files with OnyX, or one of the other system utilities that you can find on the net. I like OnyX for those kind of things, and you may want to check it out.
     
  16. 420benz thread starter macrumors 6502

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    --- Post Merged, Mar 23, 2016 ---
    OK Thanks
     

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