Everything in PowerBook deleted! Why!?

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by pjr787, Jul 7, 2009.

  1. pjr787 macrumors newbie

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    My PowerBook G4 dropped about 2 ft off my bed onto the floor. Everything is fine, except one thing - I lost every program I downloaded that did not come with the computer. And my screen is brighter. Almost like a brand new computer - but where on earth did everything go? I lost all my music, photos, Skype, etc!!! What happened!?

    My iChat is not here...
     
  2. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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  3. pjr787 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    No, I simply opened the laptop back up and nothing was there except for the basics. I am so furious, I have no clue what happened.
     
  4. iLog.Genius macrumors 601

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    Check the size of the Macintosh HD. See if you have more space available.
     
  5. ..Ryan.. macrumors member

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    next time i need a fresh install i know what i'm gonna do, drop my macbook pro 2 ft and save an hour :)
     
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  7. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    Agreed. This scenario is impossible.
     
  8. dukebound85 macrumors P6

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    yea it really is

    if it was your data messed up, you couldnt boot into osx as well
     
  9. Richard1028 macrumors 68000

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    His install disk was in the drive. The impact of hitting the floor caused it to reboot from the DVD.

    End of thread. Next mystery please.

    :D
     
  10. gavin83209 macrumors regular

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    I highly recommend that you verify the HD in Disk Utility (/Applications/Utilities/), repairing from the OS CD if necessary and check the size of the disk. Is it any different at all than it should be?

    To the best of my knowledge, there is no total erase switch built into any version of Mac OS X from the Public Beta up to Snow Leopard or any version of the classic OS back to the pre System 6 era, before PowerBooks.
     
  11. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    This makes no sense, unless your HD is slowly corrupting itself away...
     
  12. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    SEE MY SIG!
     
  13. Tallest Skil macrumors P6

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    Please review the rules. Correcting someone's grammar when it does not detract from the understanding of the sentence is frowned upon. :)
     
  14. emt1 macrumors 65816

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    But... it did detract from the meaning of the sentence. I thought he was calling the OP a hard drive!
     
  15. NewMacbookPlz macrumors 68040

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    Sue me.

    I had just woken up from my post dinner nap :eek:

    I honestly even went back and changed it to "you're"....lmao f'in a...
     
  16. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    Really, its a internet forum where mac geeks argue with each other....not a college lit. paper.
     
  17. alphaod macrumors Core

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    Try to do a permission repair, and reset the PRAM.
     
  18. pjr787 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks everyone for your help. I figured it out - a new user name was created. It was a user name with no name, meaning the user name was blank, and when i clicked on it, all my files were there. I guess when it dropped, it hit buttons to make a new user name? Oh well, it's all there now.... sorry for confusing everyone -haha! God bless!

    Patrick
     

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