I've lost my personal settings in OSX. help please.

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Zianac, Oct 6, 2007.

  1. Zianac macrumors member

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    My MBP crashed yesterday, and I seem to have lost all of my personal settings... While some of these problems aren't that bad, mainly because I think firefox works faster now, I'd like to restore what I had before. My dock even reverted to what it was when I had first purchased the computer. My itunes library came up as corrupt (this had me worried until I saw that I still had all of my music). If anyone knows how to recover my old settings please let me know.
     
  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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  3. Zianac thread starter macrumors member

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    I was trying to come back out of sleep mode (the computer was in sleep mode for at least an hour) When I opened the MBP it gave me the usual sounds but the screen remained blank. Then I waited 10 minutes to see if anything would pop up. After that I tried to close the MBP hoping it would go back to sleep, and I could try to wake it from sleep again. After about 5 minutes the light on the front never went back to pulsating so I held the power button till it completely turned off. I turned it back on and... That's when all my settings were gone.
     
  4. macjack1 macrumors regular

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    Have a look in /Users and see if your data is still there.
    And were you using FileVault?

    -mj
     
  5. Zianac thread starter macrumors member

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    All of my files are still here... It's just that all my settings are changed... my dock was reset... I lost my bookmarks in Safari and Firefox. and Itunes said my library was corrupt... Rebuilding all of my settings isn't that big of a deal... but if I could get them back, it'd be nice... I'd like to have my old playlists back and stuff, ya know? and yes I'm using filevault
     
  6. Doctor X macrumors newbie

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    Well . . . this may be like "well you backed up your hard drive, yes?" after you have just had your HD die . . . but something to help in the future. With my Old Widdle Mac sometimes if I let it go to sleep for a long time--especially on battery--it will not wake up as you describe. Sounds like it is alive, but the screen will not come on. I have force started as you suggest, but I have never lost the information--like FF bookmarks. I have File Vault.

    So . . . screen shot your bookmarks. Smarter people HERE may tell you how to make a copy of whatever it is that stores those. Anyways, when I have had to reinstall for a bad RAM . . . then a deceased HD . . . it saved a lot of time looking up things. You may be able to do the same thing for settings.

    Best of luck.

    --J.D.
     
  7. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    Follow the useful link of wise ol' macjack1. Get everything backed up first though, just in case.
     

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