New To Mac-Forums?

Welcome to our community! Join the discussion today by registering your FREE account. If you have any problems with the registration process, please contact us!

Get your questions answered by community gurus Advice and insight from world-class Apple enthusiasts Exclusive access to members-only contests, giveaways and deals

Join today!

 
Start a Discussion
 

Mac-Forums Brief

Subscribe to Mac-Forums Brief to receive special offers from Mac-Forums partners and sponsors

Join the conversation RSS
OS X - Operating System General OS operation information and support

Deleted User Profile with OS upgrade


Post Reply New Thread Subscribe

 
Thread Tools
LisaFlorence

 
Member Since: Sep 01, 2009
Posts: 2
LisaFlorence is on a distinguished road

LisaFlorence is offline
Hello all,

I was foolish and did not back up all my data before an OS upgrade. Now I am in the unfortunate place of having lost nearly two years of creative work, due to some sort of User Profile issue.

I have just joined MacForums hoping to find some insight regarding my problem.

Here is what happened:
Last week my MacPro was upgraded from OSX to OS 10.5.6

Everything seemed to happen smoothly. EXCEPT when the computer restarted my user profile was gone and all associated files.

The computer had a total of five user profiles. Mine was one. All other profiles are fine. I even logged in under the Admin profile to see if my profile was locked or something. I searched for files that were mine. I looked under the User folder. I ran a string of code in "Terminal" that the apple support people gave me. And nothing.

I am convinced my data is there, I just need to get it back. The computer has not been used since this happened. I shut it down.

Before this happened there was evidence that something was slightly "off" with my user profile. Some days I could log in, other days I would have to disconnect from the internet to do so. Every other time I restarted the computer the monitor display would be shifted about 5" to the right. Every other restart the display would be fine. I don't know if this is related. It's just a detail that was odd so I wanted to mention.

My questions are two fold:
1 - has anyone else had this happen? what did you do?
2 - Could running Disk Warrior really cause more harm than good? Trying to assess difference between Recovery Software and the very pricey services offered by recovery companies.

Any insight to this is greatly appreciated.
Thank you very much!
-Lisa
QUOTE Thanks
Andy_M

 
Member Since: Jul 27, 2006
Location: Berkshire, Uk
Posts: 394
Andy_M has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: 15.4" MBP Sep 09, 2.66Ghz C2D, 4Gb Ram, 320Gb HDD 7200rpm, 10.6.x / iPod Touch 8Gb

Andy_M is offline
Lisa,

I think the data is also there, try a sudo ls -al under users to see if its hidden (in terminal) (ls -al will show all content) to move to the folder from terminal use CD /path/to/users
QUOTE Thanks
Andy_M

 
Member Since: Jul 27, 2006
Location: Berkshire, Uk
Posts: 394
Andy_M has a spectacular aura about
Mac Specs: 15.4" MBP Sep 09, 2.66Ghz C2D, 4Gb Ram, 320Gb HDD 7200rpm, 10.6.x / iPod Touch 8Gb

Andy_M is offline
Ok so I got bad rep for the above, so here we go...

Open up Terminal (which can be found in Utilities folder)
Type this
Code:
cd /Users/Profiles/
Then
Code:
ls -al
See if your profile is their under your username
QUOTE Thanks
LisaFlorence

 
Member Since: Sep 01, 2009
Posts: 2
LisaFlorence is on a distinguished road

LisaFlorence is offline
Thanks Andy.
Sorry, this is new to me, had to input text above a couple times to be accurate.
After typing in your recommendation I received a response of "total 32" followed by a list of 16 items. All use the admin's name which is how I am logged in. My name is not on the list, nor are any of the other accounts on this computer.
Do you know what this is telling us?

Thanks so much for sharing your knowledge with this.
-Lisa
QUOTE Thanks

Post Reply New Thread Subscribe


« Printer and Scanner Support List | Helpful article explaining 64 bit and Snow leopard »
Thread Tools

Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts
BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off
Forum Jump

Similar Threads
Thread
Thread Starter
Forum
Replies
Last Post
Transferring User Settings from iBook harddrive to New Mac Pro beanlynch OS X - Operating System 1 06-24-2009 03:43 PM
Accidentally Deleted Primary Admin User & All Data vhoeppner OS X - Operating System 1 04-17-2009 11:06 PM
Considering RAM UPGRADE - NEW USER Stevonw Switcher Hangout 9 06-18-2007 04:07 PM
OS X upgrade process? CaptSaltyJack Switcher Hangout 6 04-19-2007 05:06 PM
Can you recover a lost Admin user account? happyleaves OS X - Operating System 9 10-21-2004 04:31 PM

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:13 AM.

Powered by vBulletin
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
X

Welcome to Mac-Forums.com

Create your username to jump into the discussion!

New members like you have made this community the ultimate source for your Mac since 2003!


(4 digit year)

Already a member?