OS X - reset everything on me

Discussion in 'macOS' started by pilotError, May 22, 2007.

  1. pilotError macrumors 68020

    pilotError

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    #1
    Hey all,

    I came home today, jumped on my iMac to check my mail and found that nothing came up. I started clicking around and it seems like it lost pretty much everything I had.

    My mail reset, address book, firefox, system preferences, desktop preferences, etc. almost like a new install.

    I can see the mail in the finder, so something strange happened.

    My kids play on the Mac all afternoon, I'm not sure if one of them were clicking around and moved something or what.

    Is it time to head off to a genius bar with this thing?
     
  2. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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  3. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

    CanadaRAM

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    Probably the User folder got renamed from the user;s shortname to something else, now your user account cannot find its folders.

    How many folders are there in the User folder, and what are they named?
     
  4. pilotError thread starter macrumors 68020

    pilotError

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    Thanks for any help Before I start.

    My home folder seems OK, I have

    Desktop
    Documents
    Library
    Pictures
    Public
    Sites

    Under Library I have

    Address Book Plug-Ins
    Application Support
    Autosave Information
    Caches
    Documentation
    Fonts
    Icons
    Keychains
    Logs
    Mail
    Mail Downloads
    Preferences
    Syndication

    Kind of strange, I also lost my desktop organization and my mouse preferences. I assume they are all stored in the same place.
     
  5. PlaceofDis macrumors Core

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    has the actual name of your home folder changed though?

    and as CanadaRAM asks, what folders do you have in HD>Users>?
     
  6. pilotError thread starter macrumors 68020

    pilotError

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    It doesn't look like it changed. Its my name, and its spelled correctly.
     
  7. pilotError thread starter macrumors 68020

    pilotError

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    I do suddenly have Documents and Pictures in the left pane under Applications.

    I never had that before.
     
  8. johnmacfan macrumors newbie

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    It sounds like someone added a new user to your computer. Do the fast user change thing and maybe your stuff will come back. maybe, maybe not.
     
  9. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Do you use FileVault? Did you do a hard reset?
     
  10. pilotError thread starter macrumors 68020

    pilotError

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    No hard reset (maybe the kids?), no Filevault.

    I thought that maybe they were in the finder and started moving directories around.
     
  11. SC68Cal macrumors 68000

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    Can you think of anything that you did prior to the issue appearing that might have been a cause? You mentioned moving things in finder, did you move your Library folder in your home directory?
     
  12. pilotError thread starter macrumors 68020

    pilotError

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    Thanks Everyone.

    I finally figured it out.

    Apparently the Library folder was moved to the desktop. One of my kids must have been exploring! The system re-created the Library folder and with all the icons on my desktop, I missed it.

    Thanks again!

    Mike...
     

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