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    Folders Copying Themselves
    My folders are copying themselves onto Macintosh HD. I attached a screenshot. I'm not copying them or anything. After I delete them, they copy themselves back on there again.

    I'm running Mac OS X Version 10.6.4

    Sorry if I put this post in the wrong place.. T_______T
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    You did manage to post in the wrong forum. This has nothing to do with Apple Rumors and Reports. Please read our forum descriptions before posting. Thanks.

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    Your image doesn't indicate which folders are "copying themselves" but what you describe is more accurately "regeneration" of folders. There are certain folders that the OS has by default, whether you want them or not.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    Your image doesn't indicate which folders are "copying themselves" but what you describe is more accurately "regeneration" of folders. There are certain folders that the OS has by default, whether you want them or not.
    The folders that are copying themselves aren't the default folders. They're my Pictures, Music, Movies, Desktop, etc.. All those folders. Not the default ones. ^^

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    Ok, if you mean they replicate the contents as well, I'm at a loss. That would be describing something I would think is impossible without user intervention. Does anyone else have access to the computer when you're not around?

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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    Ok, if you mean they replicate the contents as well, I'm at a loss. That would be describing something I would think is impossible without user intervention. Does anyone else have access to the computer when you're not around?
    No one else has access to the computer when I'm not around. It does it as I'm watching it, too. Copying the folders with the contents and everything.

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    Its possesed! No, i would backup the folders, then delete them,the originals, not the ones that were duplicated, THEN try and delete them from the HD.
    ... If one falls flat on their face, at least they were moving in the right direction...

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    Quote Originally Posted by NekoRoseGal View Post
    No one else has access to the computer when I'm not around. It does it as I'm watching it, too. Copying the folders with the contents and everything.
    You must have it set to do this. Do you use a backup program?

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    I'm still not certain I'm understanding correctly. Every user account has default folders created by the account template - Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Library, Movies, Music, Pictures, Shared and Sites. The system will "yell" at you if you try to delete those folders, and if they're missing, the system will recreate them. It will also create basic file structures within some folders, including folders for your iTunes music, libraries, iPhoto database, etc. You can Control-click the folders and Get Info to see if they contain any data. Odds are, if it's just recreating the folders, they won't be more than 100k or so. I'd be curious to know if the files are much larger than that once they reappear.

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    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    You must have it set to do this. Do you use a backup program?
    I haven't set it to do anything. I don't use any backup program.

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    Quote Originally Posted by EvenStranger View Post
    I'm still not certain I'm understanding correctly. Every user account has default folders created by the account template - Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Library, Movies, Music, Pictures, Shared and Sites. The system will "yell" at you if you try to delete those folders, and if they're missing, the system will recreate them. It will also create basic file structures within some folders, including folders for your iTunes music, libraries, iPhoto database, etc. You can Control-click the folders and Get Info to see if they contain any data. Odds are, if it's just recreating the folders, they won't be more than 100k or so. I'd be curious to know if the files are much larger than that once they reappear.

    I didn't try to delete the originals of those folders; I tried to delete the copies that were in the wrong place. The originals are in the folder of my account. These folders are copying onto the Macintosh HD. And it's copying the folders with the contents of the originals. So they're bigger than 100k.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NekoRoseGal View Post
    I didn't try to delete the originals of those folders; I tried to delete the copies that were in the wrong place.
    Yeah, but the suggestion is that the originals may be corrupt for some reason, so get rid of them and keep the copies.

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