Hard drive reverted to Time Machine backup?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by gregf234, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. gregf234 macrumors newbie

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    Ok, so I was trying to run Boot Camp Assistant earlier today. When I attempted to create a Windows partition, I got an error telling me to repair the hard drive. I read somewhere that in order to do this, I'd need to insert the 10.5 install disc and run Disk Utility from there. So, I insert the disc, the computer restarts, and now.. my desktop is as it was four months ago. I didn't tell it to do this. I would just say, "Well, I messed up. It's clearly backed itself up from what was on the portable hard drive because the contents of its internal hard drive has been lost," except the weird thing is, if I open Finder and look under Macintosh HD, everything is as it was a few minutes ago. My hard drive is still there. Yet my desktop is a backup. Yet if I look under Places and go to my username, Applications, Music, etc., it's the contents of my backup.

    I know now that I shouldn't have messed with partitions without backing up again, but I did, and my recent files still exist, so how do I get things back to normal?
     
  2. gregf234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Something of interest, my Desktop is listed as being under "Users/tyler", while if I go under Macintosh HD, the Desktop is in "Volumes/Macintosh HD/Users/tyler". Is that normal? Has my computer just decided to not use its hard drive somehow? :confused:
     
  3. gregf234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Upon further inspection, I'm pretty sure my computer has somehow booted directly from the external hard drive. I don't know how that's even possible, but it did. How do I make it not?
     
  4. gregf234 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Fixed. Went into System Preferences and changed the Startup Disk to Macintosh HD. Phew. I guess this thread can exist for anyone else who makes the same mistake.
     

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