Oh dear

Discussion in 'PowerPC Macs' started by robo44, Feb 11, 2015.

  1. robo44 macrumors member

    Feb 1, 2013
    Hi all I was messing around with terminal earlier as I could not empty the trash. I don't know what I have done but all my desktop folders have disappeared. If I search the hard drive the folders are empty ie desktop documents etc. is there anything I can do to get them back ?
    Thanks in advance.
  2. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    That's why it's never a good idea to mess around in Terminal unless you know what you're doing. If you were using the rm command the files/folders could be permanently deleted.

    For future reference, to delete all files in the trash through Terminal, press Command-A while in the Trash folder and drag them over to Terminal after typing the rm -rf command.
  3. poiihy macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2014
    Do you remember exactly what you did?

    If they are actually deleted then the only thing you can do is use some data recovery program.

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