Upgraded to Lion, lost all files

Discussion in 'macOS' started by atlfootball, Jan 8, 2012.

  1. atlfootball macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2012
    Tonight, I upgraded my Macbook Pro to Lion. Previously, I had encrypted my files using FileVault on Snow Leopard.

    I backed all my files up using Carbon Copy Cloner to an external hard drive. This included the Applications, Library System and Users folders.

    Upon starting up in Lion, my computer accepted my password to login but said that FireVault did not recognize my password, so I could not actually get in.

    Seeing this, I started in safe mode and created another dummy account. Reading online postings, I deleted the original account, leaving the home folder untouched as an option. I created a new account with the same name as my old original account.

    Upon logging in to my new "home" account, I did not find any files, and the terminal command "cd Users" did not work which ruined the plan to re-create my original account. Upon connecting my external hard drive with the backed up information, I found nothing under my home folder in the User folder, but found everything else in every other folder (Applications, library, etc).

    I know that my information is still on the hard drive on this computer and on my external drive but I have no idea how to get it all back, any help would be appreciated.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Backing up large files, mounted disk images, and FileVault home directories

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