New Macbook Air - lost all user settings!

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by MBAir 2012, Jul 18, 2012.

  1. MBAir 2012 macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2012
    Hello guys.

    Just bought my new Macbook (3 weeks ago) with OS Lion and loving this machine. New to the Mac scene although learning loads. All was going well until yesterday when I switched on my Macbook. All my user settings have dissapeared! Wallpaper, doc reset as well as my programmes (when opening itunes it opened the fresh itunes installation with terms and condition), favourites etc.. all wiped out!!:eek: I've checked all my documents and luckily they are all there..few!!

    Doing a search online I found it could be something to do with renaming user folder (which I haven't done). How many Library folders should there be? I have 3 is this correct? This is what I have under Mac HD:

    Library/ - Oddly this is where all my settings are?? i.e. I created 3 display profiles (I have the LG display but thats another thread ;) hehe) and they are in this directory.


    User/"user_name"/Library - I have checked this as I believe this is the current user settings and I cannot locate any of my old settings. They are all in the root folder above. The "user name" is correct.

    Great I thought. I'll just switch the above directories around and that should fix it but it wont let me saying OS is using this Library. Any ideas how to do this or any other suggestions as I'm stuck. I don't a time machine back up - was waiting for the ML upgrade.. I'm new so please give as detailed description as possible. Thanks.

    Great Forum!
  2. Puevlo macrumors 6502a

    Oct 21, 2011
    Yeah please don't try to move those Library folders around; they are exactly where they need to be.

    Could be a permissions thing. Is your iTunes data actually in ~/Music/iTunes? Generally stuff doesn't just delete itself. Do you have more than one user on the computer?
  3. MBAir 2012 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2012
    Puevlo thanks for the reply. Yes iTunes in the correct place. Nothing has been deleted, all my files are still there however when I log in everything is default settings (Wallpaper,doc,favourites) iTunes was previously setup with no problems.

    From what I understand, all my user settings should be inside User/"user_name"/Library but this is not the case, it is inside the root folder Mac HD/Library/ as I can see my new colour profile settings that I created inside here hence why I suggested moving the folders around. Can someone tell me where the home folder should be, root folder or inside User folder?

    I am the only user.Confused as to what to do.
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
  5. MBAir 2012 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 18, 2012
    OK. Thanks.

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