Why did all of Desktop files suddenly turn zero byte? urgent

Discussion in 'macOS High Sierra (10.13)' started by Rainyman96, Apr 15, 2018.

  1. Rainyman96, Apr 15, 2018
    Last edited: Apr 16, 2018

    Rainyman96 macrumors newbie


    Apr 15, 2018
    Hi guys

    I'm on macOS 10.13.2 for 5 months without any major problem.

    I use Parallel Desktop to boot Windows 10 virtually.

    The Date Modified column of the Desktop items indicates that the fatal problem has occurred exactly when I was installing a software on Windows 10 alongside its pirate crack file which I guess it was a trojan. I'm not sure hundred percent it's the cause of the problem it's just a guess. Anyway, it can be a failure or corruption in macOS APFS.

    About 20GB (size of the desktop folder) has been added to the free space of the OS drive and it's seriously frightening me to lose the data forever. I'm on SSD and it would be terrible to think about recovering data using recovery apps. I ran First Aid. No difference. I checked permissions too.

    Guys, I'm sure you have some ideas to make sure why this happened. If you don't have a solution to get back Desktop folder data back nor problem. Just help me know the reason. How can I figure out the main reason? Any app or any technique or solution which I can find out what exactly happened would be appreciated.

    Make sure check the screenshot esp. Size and Date Modified column. (The wallpaper automatically is changed to default one!)

    Another evidence

    So strange ... The Date Created is same.

    What do you think?

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  2. sylvie.petit Suspended

    Oct 8, 2017
    Please help me with the answers for below queries to assist you further

    1. Do you have any backup of your data?
    2. If you have log files, then it could be a possible data structure corruption.
  3. Rainyman96 thread starter macrumors newbie


    Apr 15, 2018
    Thanks ..

    1 - A complete backup using a software or Time Machine nope but a copy of almost 13GB out of 20GB is still there on my external HDD. Though the rest is more important.

    2 - Log? Where? Need more help to get you right.
  4. Steve121178 macrumors 601


    Apr 13, 2010
    Bedfordshire, UK
    I can't help you with this issue, but back up, back up, back up! It's 2018 and people still don't take daily backups of important data. Staggering.

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