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Hi All, new mac user here messing things up!

All I did was drag and drop the folder containing all of my pictures, documents,library etc etc onto the "macintosh HD" resulting in now not being able to locate anything, even my desktop and settings have reverted back to the biginning. I have looked in spotlight for files that I know the names of with no joy.

What do i need to do?, Im going to loose sleep on this one

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Hi! I'm at work and away from my Mac, so I'll try this from memory.

Open Finder. Press Command-G. You'll be presented with a window asking you what directory you want to open. Enter a slash:

/

It should bring you to the topmost directory of your system. In there you should see what you thought you lost. Post what you see back here. DON'T TRY TO MOVE ANYTHING YET. My guess is you have lost nothing. It's just sitting in the top directory (also known as the root directory).

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Thanks for the reply,

Tried command-G and various other letters but dont seem to get a responce, from finder???
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My error. Sorry. I'm on my Mac at home now. It's Shift-Command-G. Menu: Go> Go to Folder...

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You there James? :doctor:

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Hi, I'm here but not on my mac, feeling safer on my crashing pc for the time being. I will try the command shift G and see what happens.

Presumably all of my data is still on the mac just no way of the os recognising it?

Would a data recovery app help?

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Hi, I'm here but not on my mac, feeling safer on my crashing pc for the time being. I will try the command shift G and see what happens.

Presumably all of my data is still on the mac just no way of the os recognising it?

Would a data recovery app help?

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My guess is that you simply moved things to the root directory. Once you look there, you should find everything sitting there. At that point it's probably a matter of dragging the folders to your main directory. You don't (or shouldn't) need a recovery app. It's a Mac.

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Just had another go on my mac and tried "command shift G" and nothing happend...I'm starting to feel like my vocation is misplaced and I should be a Beta tester, I seem to break things quite successfully

Really kind of you to offer help tho, thanks
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Well, try this. Make sure you're in Finder. Then at the menu bar, follow this path:

Go> Go to Folder...

This should get you the dialog window. If it does, then enter the slash, return, and see what's there. Good luck!

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I've just done that and looked through all of the files, unfortunately no joy as there are only five images that are currently in "my documents"

I'm not going to do anything workwise on this station through fear of over-writing anything. I spoke to a guy/engineer and its going to cost me an arm and a leg to take it to a repair center...

Presubaly and form of "system restore" that I have relied on with a pc isnt available with Tiger?

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Okay. Good luck!

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Presubaly and form of "system restore" that I have relied on with a pc isnt available with Tiger?
Time Machine will be available in Leopard.

http://www.apple.com/macosx/leopard/timemachine.html

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have you tried searching in spotlight for any of the filenames that you lost?

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