Need to get to the root directory in Lion

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by MacAir47, Jul 22, 2011.

  1. MacAir47 macrumors newbie

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    #1
    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
     
  2. mrapplegate macrumors 68030

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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.
     
  3. murdercitydevil macrumors 68000

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    Or open a finder window and press CMD+Up arrow until you get to the root directory
     
  4. talkin73 macrumors newbie

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    Nothing happens when I type the command in Terminal.

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    Nothing happens when I press CMD and the Up Arrow at the same time. Thoughts?
     
  5. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    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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    Is the Finder window focused ? Mine goes up to the parent directory until there are no more "parents".
     
  6. prisstratton macrumors 6502

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  7. bill-p macrumors 65816

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    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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