How to recover the deleted home folder?

Discussion in 'macOS' started by talentsky, Dec 27, 2009.

  1. talentsky macrumors newbie

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    I just wanted to rename an account ,then I made a new one according to the tips,but I forgot to drag the content to the new named one and accidently choose to delete the home folder in account pane.operating in root account,er why the deleted folder not in the trash ,almost 100g lost ,any good idea to recover it?using a softerware named stellarphoenix scanning and recovering:eek:. Operating in Leopard
     
  2. ziggyonice macrumors 68020

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    If you chose to delete the account, but save the contents, the files would be located in the Users folder (Macintosh HD/Users).

    If you entirely erased the account and all its contents, the only way to recover that information is going to be to use a data recovery program. Note that, the more you use the computer, the less likely recovering data will be.
     
  3. HLdan macrumors 603

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    All you have to do is put the Home folder name back to it's original name and restart the computer.
     
  4. talentsky thread starter macrumors newbie

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    But I've already deleted the whole folder how could it reappear after a reboot?use stellar Phoenix recoverying now.any idea about SN for the v4.0 stellar Phoenix?
    Thanks a lot
     
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    What do you have to lose now? Assuming HLDan is correct, you'd have your old account back, then you could create the new one more carefully this time.
     
  6. HLdan macrumors 603

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    Okay, my method isn't gonna work. I just re-read the OP's OP that he deleted his Home folder. Um, I not here to chastise or criticize the OP, but I do have a question, did you get your information for renaming the Home folder on Apple's support pages? If you did, you wouldn't have ran into this issue. If done correctly, there's no need to move the files from the old Home folder to the new one, OS X does this automatically. You're only suppose to delete the old user account afterwards. Here's the link, I can't say you're outta luck, but I don't have a solution. All I can recommend is to call Apple or take it to a genius. If you truly did the wrong thing you may have lost your files. Hopefully you backed up everything, if so just reformat and reinstall and do a Time Machine restore.
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1428
     
  7. talentsky thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Actually I did it according to the support link.here goes my story,I upgraded into leopard with the archive and install option ,for lack of portable hd and new bought time machine initially set won't be done in Tiger.though the update procedure lost a little data,pretty satisefied with the whole info stored in a file named previous system under my hd .thus I want to restore those previous data back in to the same location as before,I did it also according to a support line which told you to drag the old account file located HD/previous system/2009_1227_xxxx/users ,let's name it PP, to HD/users and create an account with the same short name with it,should be PP.problem comes after dragging,I initiated my new leopard short name same with my old tiger account PP,in another word,now the saved account file and unfortunatelly I think I covered the already existed PP file stands for the home folder for my new leopard account in HD/users.I tried to rename the saved account file but forbidded as it's in grey after warned I couldn't add a new account , whose short name same with an existed account's ,so tried to rename my new leopard account's short name as the link you posted,which told you to delete the account you wanted to rename at the end ,had created a new one to substitute yet.thus I think I deleted the one with old Tiger info in HD /users --! Anyway I shoulden't had dragged old PP to the HD/users with new PP existed.sadly I already found something wrong while it's said deleting 140g...forced quit ,100g lost,hope the recovery might have had such rapid speed ...
     

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