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Hello all,

Got a bit of a weird one. Shut my macbook pro down last night, everything was fine, didn't get any error messages or crashes or anything. This morning, I turn it on and I have lost all my settings. My desktop picture had gone, but all the apps that I have installed are still there. When I opened up ITunes, it came up with the licence agreement again. I checked the users and there was still only me in there.

I've also lost all my bookmarks in Safari and my email account (this is the bad one as I had lots of mail stored in there and I have no idea how to access this)

Checking the hard drive, all my music and pictures are still there. I just need to know if I can get my settings or, more importantly, my mails back

Many thanks in advance,

Glyn
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Did you manually change the username in your home account (the name next to the house icon)?
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No, didn't change anything in there
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For some reason, its also got rid of my dashboard widgets and how I had my function keys set up, but kept all my wireless internet connection details as well.
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As MHC suggested, something must have happened to your home folder.
http://docs.info.apple.com/article.html?artnum=107854
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Yeah, I looked in there but I didn't change anything. The house has glynevandavies underneath it, there is a folder called glyn which seems to have nothing in it and a folder called shared.
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OK, fixed it. Thanks everyone for the help. For some bizarre reason, my library had been copied into my movies folder, and a new library was created.

No idea why or how it did that, but at least its working!
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