(I originally posted this on mac-forums.com http://www.mac-forums.com/forums/os...1700-locked-out-user-account.html#post1302274 but haven't been able to resolve the issue.. any help would be hugely helpful here. Thanks http://cdn.macrumors.com/vb/images/smilies/smile.gif) Hi, guys, Earlier today I had somewhat of a brain explosion. Yes, I deleted my "private" folder in the hope of freeing up some of the 20GB it was taking up. Silly, I know. But hindsight is a wonderful thing. And besides 20GB! So. After some forum-prowling I discovered the best and essentially the only course of action considering my mac wouldn't get past the grey logo-screen was to re-install OSX via DVD, which I've done and now I'm back up and running.. with one small problem. I can't access my old and cherished user account. This is going to have most of you tut-tutting, but I've never been a Time Machine user and as such it would seem I can't use migration assistant to hook back into my old user profile. However, all my stuff is still there the movies, documents, everything. But my old user folder is not being recognised as such; instead, it's just a regular folder (which means it's not picked up in the "Users" pane of system preferences) and all the sub-folders are locked. All my stuff is there there is the exact same amount of space on my hard disk as there was before this fiasco. All my applications are still installed and functional from what I can tell. Can anyone tell me how can I get my precious user profile (not to mention all my documents) back? Many thanks in advance.