Everything on Mac OSX got wiped

Discussion in 'macOS' started by ColtonA7X, Aug 19, 2010.

  1. ColtonA7X macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2010
    #1
    about an hour ago i downloaded stuffit the zip program. I got the link from a post here at this forum. As soon as i installed it my screen flashed real quick and my background changed back to the stock "space" one. I then noticed all my music, pics, files, games, and movies have been erased. When i open iphoto, safari, itunes, etc. it is like I'm opening for the first time.

    I have searched and searched and never found a fix or a reason why this happened. I don't see any change to the user fold or in the accounts settings. I have restarted several times. I don't have any backups to restore from because I haven't purchased time capsule yet.

    Some help or info would be very much appreciated.
     
  2. pit29 macrumors 6502a

    pit29

    Joined:
    May 23, 2006
    Location:
    The Golden State
    #2
    How much hard drive space do you have, and how much is listed as free? Also, can you open Terminal (in Applications/Utilities) and type in "ls .." - maybe your stuff is still there somewhere?
     
  3. brijazz macrumors 6502

    brijazz

    Joined:
    Jul 31, 2008
    #3
    This might seem like a silly questions, but are you sure you're logged into YOUR user account?
     
  4. ColtonA7X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2010
    #4
    I have about 440 gigs available for HD space. And yes I confirmed I was logged into my user account (only one I have besides guest). I worked on it for quite few hours trying to figure out what was wrong last night with no luck.

    I tried searching for files and music I know I had prior to this situation but couldnt find anything. Wierd is that certain apps like cleanmymac, cloud, iantivirus, and my warcraft3 game were perfectly fine.
     
  5. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #5
    Are you sure it was the official non-pirated version. Sounds like maybe a trojan/malware deleted your stuff.

    I hope you have a backup of your data because it may be gone. :(
     
  6. ColtonA7X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2010
    #6
    The link that I followed to download it was recommended here on these forums.
     
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Location:
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    #7
    Stuffit is not a free program; did you download it from www.stuffit.com?
    Just because you find a link here doesn't mean you should trust it.
     
  8. Mike225 macrumors 6502a

    Mike225

    Joined:
    Jul 15, 2010
    Location:
    SF BAY
    #8
    Ouch. If you look at the space on HD, is there a lot of freed up space now?
     
  9. ColtonA7X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2010
  10. ColtonA7X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2010
    #10

    Actually its about the same as before. So the files have got to be somewhere but I cant find where.
     
  11. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

    Staff Member

    Joined:
    May 3, 2009
    Location:
    Boston
    #11
    But if you downloaded a commercial product that you didn't pay for, then there are risks. It doesn't matter that an MR member recommended it. Many people here at MR steal software (and many don't).

    If the space utilization hasn't changed then pick up a copy of a disk repair program like disk warrior and see if it can correct the problem.

    Also did you use spotlight to see if you can find the music?

    Try using omnidisk to see how the space is being used up.
     
  12. ColtonA7X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2010
    #12
    It was a trial from their website, I dont download illegally. I don't think that was the problem but I believe maybe it triggered something I dunno. One thing I did do earlier that day was I erased the empty space on my HD.
     
  13. Mal macrumors 603

    Mal

    Joined:
    Jan 6, 2002
    Location:
    Orlando
    #13
    You probably haven't erased anything. The problem you described could actually be permissions related (you may not have read access on your own home folder somehow).

    Try booting from your OS disk, and choosing Reset Password from the Utilities menu. Select the hard drive, then your user account, then click "Reset Permissions and ACL's on the user folder" or something along those lines, at the bottom of the window. Then restart and see if everything's back. Might not work, but it's worth a try.

    jW
     
  14. old-wiz macrumors G3

    Joined:
    Mar 26, 2008
    Location:
    West Suburban Boston Ma
    #14
    That should be fine; it's their free trial, so very unlikely that you have malware or a trojan.

    Can you login as another user and search from there?
     
  15. phatqao macrumors member

    phatqao

    Joined:
    Jul 20, 2010
    Location:
    PA and/or NYC
    #15
    you could use the sudo command in terminal (or SU mode) to see if your home folder exists, and if so, try viewing its contents with something like this
    Code:
    sudo ls -a /Users/<yourname>
     
  16. ColtonA7X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2010
    #16
    Finally got home from work. Giving everything a try now.
     
  17. ColtonA7X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2010
    #17
    I found all my stuff but I still haven't figured out to log into it.
    In find under "shared" if I click on "Macmini2010's Mac mini" (I must have named it that) it says I'm connected as guest. If i click on "connect as" and then choose registered user and enter in my password it lets me access my fold called "Colton" which has my music pics games movies etc... So I am able to access them but I still cant actually log onto it.

    Any ideas?
     
  18. ColtonA7X thread starter macrumors newbie

    Joined:
    Aug 18, 2010
    #18
    Never mind I just realized I was just accessing my MBP which has my old MacMini hard drive in it (hence why it was called Macmini2010).
     

Share This Page