MacBook mysteriously restored itself! Questions

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by laughingbabe16, Apr 17, 2007.

  1. laughingbabe16 macrumors member

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    Last night, I did my scheduled backup of my macbook, and changed some preferences in itunes, so that I could also backup my music library on a cd. Afterwards, I restarted my computer (seemed to be lagging a bit) and then after i put in my user name and password, the whole computer restored itself back to factory settings, however, my school documents and installed programs were still there. I couldn't find my music or photos. However, thank god for backing up my files every night or I could have been S.O.L

    My question is: why did this happen? How can I prevent this thing from happening again?

    Also: I just checked the amount of free space on my macbook, and I only have 28,27 GB of space free. What files can I delete on my computer that I wouldn't miss? Also, can I move my iPhoto library to my flash drive to save space?
     
  2. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816

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    Did you change anything in the home directory? If so, you should check something like this.
     
  3. laughingbabe16 thread starter macrumors member

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    I did. I added a space in between my first and last name, and yeah.. didn't think a little thing like that would cause such a problem.

    Thanks!

    Any ideas on my second question?
     
  4. dartzorichalcos macrumors 65816

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    I don't know about the flash drive question because I never used a flash drive before.
    For deleting programs, delete GarageBand if you are not using it, disable Dashboard because Dashboard can be a memory hog, delete iDVD if you don't plan to burn movies to DVD.
    For more information, check this guide.
     

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