Lost all files after unplugging computer for two weeks

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  1. kvasir42 macrumors newbie

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    I went on vacation for two weeks, and unplugged everything, as I have done before. This time, when I returned, and turned on my iMac, it came up okay, but without any of my files on it (iTunes libraries, photos, documents, applications). I did not use Time Machine, or the Cloud (still don't trust it) and now I wonder if there is a way to get everything back?
     
  2. justperry macrumors 604

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    Files normally do not vanish by itself, did anyone have access to your computer?
    If not you can get info on your Home Folder, see if it is still as much as if the files were there (Like before), if so folders might have become invisible.
    Or get info on the HD/SSD and see if it still has a lot on it.
    a clean System shouldn't have more than 10 GB, if it is a lot more (Dependable what you have/had on it) you know it is still there.

    And yes, always make a backup, HD's are cheap, much cheaper than trying to get your stuff back.
     
  3. TheEasterBunny macrumors 6502

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    Just curious.
    Why do you unplug? Just turning it off not safe enough for you?
    Do you have another boot volume?
    If so it could have booted to that volume instead.
     
  4. DesertEagle macrumors 6502a

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    Apparently, not even unplugging it was safe enough for OP.
     
  5. justperry macrumors 604

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    Lol, if that is true he must feel embarrassed by now.:)
    Smart remark by the way.

    Unplugging power and the network would do, I would do, for instance if the net gets hit by a thunderbolt surge causing a fire.
     
  6. TheEasterBunny macrumors 6502

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    Back in the day... when I did tech support, the first two questions were unfortunately as follows:
    1. Is it plugged in?
    2. Is the power strip on?
     
  7. justperry macrumors 604

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    Luckily most people here are smarter than some people.

    I agree, the first thing to test on any electrical device is, is it plugged in, next, try a different power outlet and a different cable, if still no power there could be a blown fuse internally or externally.
     
  8. TheEasterBunny macrumors 6502

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    I don't know if "how smart" plays into it or not, sometimes people have other things on their minds and it just escapes them. I know I have had that issue before, and I'm sure I will again. Doesn't make me feel any less silly when it happens though. :)
     
  9. RicoPaz macrumors newbie

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    Unplugged mac and cant find saved files

    How can i find my lost CS5 .psd after I unplugged my mac by accident.

    thank, Rico
     

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