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OS 10.5 - Folder has disappeared - can I get it back?

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A folder containing images has vanished from my Mac Pro Octocore. This has happened to me once before.

It was stored on an additional 500GB hard drive that I had installed in the machine - I use the main 500GB drive for applications, and keep all files on the other internal drive. I have had problems like this with all of my drives in the past though (I also have externals).

I have run searches for the folders, and looked in every place I can think of but they don't seem to exist anymore. How is this possible?!

I am currently running PhotoRescue, but don't hold out much hope - it's never found files that have disappeared in the past.

I'm running the latest Version of OSX 10.5.2

I'm a photographer and had spent most of last night working on these, ready for an order which needed to be sent today.

I've had a lot of problems with the machine since buying it last April. Various applications (everything from Photoshop to Textedit to Finder) will refuse to force quit fully - it'll say that they've quit but they stay illuminated in the dock. Once this has happened, the only way I can shut the machine down is by holding the power button.

I always close all open windows (if possible) before powering down.

I wonder whether this is the cause of my missing folder... I've also had groups of files from within a folder become corrupt.

I'm still quite a Mac novice. Is there a directory I can look in to see where they might be, if they still exist?

Unfortunately, I don't have Applecare, and the 3 month warranty has expired.

Any advice will be greatly appreciated!

Many thanks for your help!
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Hey Lhollo,

Well hmm.. a couple things first.. the latest version is 10.5.5, so you might want to upgrade and the warranty is a year, not 3 months, when you buy applecare it extends it to 3 years.

Did you have time machine backing up your data?

Also the problems you are having sounds like you might have bad RAM, or a hard drive that is malfunctioning.. although I don't think it's that. My guess is that it's either the RAM or you need to do a reinstall of the OS.

As for getting your file back.. hopefully you had time machine backing up your files.. otherwise.. Im not sure, maybe someone else might have an idea.
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