Files On Desk Top Gone

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  1. Phil W macrumors newbie

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    I downloaded and ran the latest update for Sierra and now all my files I had on the desk top is gone! I cannot find them anywhere. Anyone know how to rectify this?
     
  2. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    Try this:
    Open Terminal window
    Write commands:
    "cd Desktop"
    "ls -a"

    Report back if any of your files are printed in the Terminal window
     
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    Which command? Both of those (cd and ls) are part of the "core" system and should always work.
     
  5. Phil W thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The Is command is the one its saying not found...
     
  6. gwang73 macrumors 6502a

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    you're using ls -a, as in lowercase LS?
     
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    Also check spaces? Maybe it switched spaces accidentally.
     
  8. Phil W thread starter macrumors newbie

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    OK ran the LS -A and got the following:

    . Documents

    .. Downloads

    .CFUserTextEncoding Library

    .DS_Store Movies

    .Trash Music

    .bash_history Pictures

    .bash_sessions Public

    .config WORDsearchUserData

    .cups iCloud Drive (Archive)

    .local iCloud Drive (Archive) - 1

    .skychart iCloud Drive (Archive) - 2

    .ssh iCloud Drive (Archive) - 3

    Desktop iCloud Drive (Archive) - 4

    I did not get anything when I ran the CD DESKTOP
     
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    It's not "CD DESKTOP", it's "cd Desktop". Try it again. When you do it, the prompt should change from this:

    computername:~ username$

    To this:

    computername: Desktop username$
     
  10. Phil W thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I got this:

    Phillips-iMac:Desktop firstlastname was here.
     
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    Hmm. We can actually bypass the cd command altogether with this:

    ls -a Desktop
     
  12. Phil W, Jan 28, 2017
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    Well does anyone know how I can fix it? I wished I had never upgraded from Mavericks Sierra has been nothing trouble.

    And I just noticed Desktop is missing in the Finder.
     
  13. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    So, the order of the commands I listed is important. You ran cd Desktop and ls on two different sessions, which means you didn't get the expected output. Please open a Terminal window, and without quitting it, run the commands again:

    "cd Desktop
    ls -a"

    or as someone else said, just do "ls -a Desktop"

    Without knowing if the files are hidden or gone, we cannot help. Sierra moves the Desktop folder to iCloud if you so want it, and that's why you won't find it where you're used to in the User account in the Finder, but it still exists. As per your previous Terminal output, your desktop absolutely still exists, however, instead of asking Terminal what's in your desktop folder, you asked what's "above it".
     
  14. Phil W, Jan 28, 2017
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    Is that an I or an L ?

    I got this:

    . .. .localized


    [Process completed]
     
  15. gwang73 macrumors 6502a

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    'L' as in 'ls -a Desktop' and see if any of the files are shown there.

    Do you remember if you turned on iCloud Drive for Desktop & Documents folders when you upgraded to Sierra? You can check in Settings-->iCloud-->iCloud Drive-->Options and see if 'Desktop & Documents Folders' is checked or not. If it is checked, check your iCloud account via webbrowser and click on iCloud Drive and see if your files are there and download them back again.

    Also, make sure you are on the right Spaces desktop by pressing the mission control key (F3) and see if there are multiple desktops there and check each one.
     
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    Shouldn't desktop files always be visible on all Spaces?

    This being the only output is rather peculiar. When you upgrade to iCloud Desktop, the files you previously had on your desktop should be put inside a folder on your new Desktop. Try searching with Spotlight for one of the files you had on your Desktop, and if it appears, Command+Enter on it, to go to its folder. That way we can find out where they've gone if they still exist – What files did you have on the desktop, and do you have a backup with Time Machine or similar?
     
  17. gwang73 macrumors 6502a

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    Not sure. I don't keep any files on my Desktop.
    Good suggestion with trying Spotlight Search.
     
  18. casperes1996 macrumors 65816

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    Well, I can tell you that with all my experience there's no way to pick and choose which Space holds the desktop files. They all just do
     

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