Mystery... Data folders removed from problem

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by komatsu, May 19, 2014.

  1. komatsu macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2010
    A user here took off around 30GB of photo folders from their iMac to do a

    After that, whilst the iMac does boot up - the cursor can be moved around but none of the files or folders on the desktop can be opened.

    I have tried the following:

    -safe mode
    -reset of PRAM
    -repair of permissions
    -repair of disk

    Applications and utilities will open - activity monitor is showing that "Finder" is using up 30-40 per cent for some of the time....then it settles down...but still none of the folders on desktop will open.

    Hoping that someone can help shed some light with this mystery...
  2. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    I do not see a mystery here. It is fairly obvious that the "user" deleted more than photo folders.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005

    OP> Just command-r boot to recovery and do a reinstall of the OS. That should fix it. Do a backup first just to be safe, but this will not wipe any of your apps or data.
  4. komatsu thread starter macrumors 6502

    Sep 19, 2010
    ok thanks guyz.

    What is the best way to do a backup when the desktop folders are frozen....i do not have the tools to physically remove the hdd?

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