Snow Leopard - User account lost after logout

Discussion in 'macOS' started by st4lkr, Jan 14, 2011.

  1. st4lkr macrumors newbie

    Jan 14, 2011
    Hi. I'm a happy long time mac user. Never had a problem, never a serious trouble system. But a couple of weeks ago it happened something disturbing: I transferred some movies and various documents to an external HDD, I worked as usually, with the usual applications, lastly I logout the session. Well, just one second after the login screen appeared, I see my two user accounts (mine and my wife's) suddenly disappear! In place of them, there's one new account named "other…". It is inaccessible due the unknown password. At last I had to use the Snow Leopard install cd to recreate a root user, so I was able to log-in and recreate my user accounts and associate them with old user folders, still intact. At last all the thing seemed to come back at the right place, no file or setting lost. Anyway, to be prudent, I formatted and reinstalled Snow Leopard, put my documents and apps and upgraded the OS. After few days, I log-out from my session and… tadaa, my user account is lost again! On the login screen I see only the damned "Other…" user account! I googled and consulted several forums for an answer, but nothing. Is there anybody who can tell me more about this weird behavior? Many thanks.
  2. steevg macrumors member

    Aug 5, 2008
    I don't have an answer, but had a similar problem:

    Went to log into my account a few weeks ago, and could only see one of three accounts on my machine! Strangely enough I could still see the users and folders under "Macintosh HD".

    Eventually I had to go into System Prefs and re create the users with exactly the same names as before, and then they re-appeared in to login screen.

    What OS are you using - maybe this will help other to respond?

    Good luck.

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