Sos just deleted all my files

Discussion in 'macOS' started by andrewtm, Dec 8, 2014.

  1. andrewtm macrumors regular

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    So Spotify was acting up and I decided to reinstall it by going into my Library folder. I thought I dragged the cache folder to the trash but apparently I grabbed something much larger and clicked empty trash without even looking what I deleted.

    Nothing happened until I restarted the computer when everything was reset and ALL of my files are deleted. I'm not too concerned because I backed it up about 100+ days ago. Is there ANY way I can get any files back?

    If not, is it possible for any of you to tell me what file I even deleted?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    [[ I'm not too concerned because I backed it up about 100+ days ago. Is there ANY way I can get any files back? ]]

    If you're "not too concerned", just restore from your backup.

    But in the future, I would suggest having a "backup" that is somewhat less than 100+ days old.

    When you get restored, you're going to have a computer that looks as it looked 100+ days ago -- NOT "yesterday".

    Go forth from this day, and learn...
     
  3. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Huh? How would anyone do that?
     
  4. andrewtm thread starter macrumors regular

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    Meaning, if there is a specific file in the library that I deleted. I'm only curious since all of my applications didn't delete or anything. I still have spotify, photoshop, etc. Just my files deleted which I find very odd
     
  5. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    Your files (your data) are not in your Library.

    The path to your Library is :

    Macintosh HD / Users / your_account / Library

    Your data are in :

    Macintosh HD / Users / your_account / Desktop
    Macintosh HD / Users / your_account / Documents
    Macintosh HD / Users / your_account / Pictures
    Macintosh HD / Users / your_account / Music
    ...
    ...

    So, if you only deleted the Library, you did not delete your data.

    That why we are confused.
     
  6. andrewtm thread starter macrumors regular

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    Maybe I didn't specify but I went into the main library, where you need to hold option key > go to get to it. But maybe my files are still here then I just can't get to them?

    Now I'm a little confused as well.

    Even after deleting whatever I deleted, all of my files were still on my computer UNTIL I rebooted it.
     
  7. Bruno09 macrumors 68020

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    The Library you went into (Option key / Go) is the user's Library.

    Path : Macintosh HD / Users / your_account / Library

    Again, none of your files (documents, pictures, music...) is stored in this Library.

    Assuming you deleted the whole Library (I doubt you did), this would not delete the content of :

    Macintosh HD / Users / your_account / Desktop
    Macintosh HD / Users / your_account / Documents
    Macintosh HD / Users / your_account / Pictures
    Macintosh HD / Users / your_account / Music

    What is the current content of the these folders ?
    Did they disappear ?
    Are they empty ?

    In the Finder, go to the menu bar, "Go" menu, select "Home".
    Do you see these folders ?
    Can you open them and find your files there ?
     
  8. andrewtm thread starter macrumors regular

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    Hi thanks for the help! They are shown as empty right now and the status bar shows 390GB available. However, when I open disk utility it shows 309GB available (the amount I had before this happened) and it shows over 900k files.

    Somehow the status bar in finder is not synced with the actual memory or something.

    Also, I found a backup of my computer files from time machine that backs up on my computer. I didn't know my computer did that but that's pretty awesome.
     

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