Need to get to the root directory in Lion

MacAir47

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Jan 3, 2011
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Seattle, WA
I am still new to the Mac OS X when I bought my Macbook Air a few months ago. I am trying to get to the root directory of my SSD so I can find the Lost+Found folder. I have heard that the Mac OS X Lion upgrade file is placed in that folder when it upgrades from Snow Leopard to Lion. Can someone give me step-by-step instructions on how to get to that file?

David
 

mrapplegate

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Feb 26, 2011
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Cincinnati, OH
I am still new to the Mac OS X when I bought my Macbook Air a few months ago. I am trying to get to the root directory of my SSD so I can find the Lost+Found folder. I have heard that the Mac OS X Lion upgrade file is placed in that folder when it upgrades from Snow Leopard to Lion. Can someone give me step-by-step instructions on how to get to that file?

David
In terminal type cd /

or

In finder, click on Macintosh HD in your favorites. If not listed you can enable it in the Finder preferences, sidebar.
 

talkin73

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Dec 11, 2008
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In terminal type cd /

or

In finder, click on Macintosh HD in your favorites. If not listed you can enable it in the Finder preferences, sidebar.
Nothing happens when I type the command in Terminal.

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Or open a finder window and press CMD+Up arrow until you get to the root directory
Nothing happens when I press CMD and the Up Arrow at the same time. Thoughts?
 

KnightWRX

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Jan 28, 2009
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Nothing happens when I type the command in Terminal.
Sure it does, it's just subtil :

Code:
host:~ user$ cd /
host:/ user$
Look carefully, something changed. If you want to see it better, try this :

Code:
host:~ user$ pwd
/Users/user
host:~ user$ cd /
host:/ user$ pwd
/
host:/ user$


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Nothing happens when I press CMD and the Up Arrow at the same time. Thoughts?
Is the Finder window focused ? Mine goes up to the parent directory until there are no more "parents".
 

bill-p

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Jul 23, 2011
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Nothing happens when I press CMD and the Up Arrow at the same time. Thoughts?
I took the liberty to highlight the important parts. To get to root:

1) Go to Finder. (it's the smiling blue/white icon that's at the left corner of the dock, click on it)
2) Press Command + Shift + C. (it's a shortcut to jump to "Computer view")
OR
2 Alt) Click on Go on the menu bar, choose Computer.
3) Double click on Macintosh HD

And now you are in root.

If you want to navigate to a folder that you can't see, while you are in Finder, do:

1) Press Command + Shift + G
OR
1 Alt) Click on Go on the menu bar, choose Go to folder...
2) Type in the folder's name. ("lost+found" or something similar)
3) Press Enter
 
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