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    Home folder not viewable in target mode

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    Home folder not viewable in target mode
    Hello all
    We recently had someone drop their powerbook and break the screen
    I am trying to move all of their stuff to a new machine
    When I boot it into target mode, the home folder on the old machine (target mode) shows up as completely empty. However if you use quick look or get info, the home folder shows up as containing 15Gb of data
    Is it possible that these files are merely hidden
    The old machine was file vaulted so could this be causing the problem
    If we try to attach another screen we get only the first leopard screen and nothing else ie no icons or toolbar - just a completely blank desktop and nothing else
    If it is possible the files are hidden how can I get them to show up when the machine in target mode
    The target machine is a macbook pro running leopard
    Thanks all

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    Home folder not viewable in target mode
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasteph View Post
    The old machine was file vaulted so could this be causing the problem
    That is the problem.

    If it is possible the files are hidden how can I get them to show up when the machine in target mode
    You would use system preferences to turn OFF FileVault. You'll need the FileVault master password for that. If the owner doesn't know it, you can save yourself a lot of time and just give up at that point -- there's nothing to be done from there.

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    Home folder not viewable in target mode

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    accessing system preferences in target mode
    Hello
    Thanks for that reply
    How can I access system preferences in the target machine thru another machine in target mode.
    If I can do that then I can see if the original machine holder can actually remember the file vault password
    Is it the fact it is file vaulted like to be causing the files not to show up

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    Home folder not viewable in target mode
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    Quote Originally Posted by Lasteph View Post
    Hello
    Thanks for that reply
    How can I access system preferences in the target machine thru another machine in target mode.
    If I can do that then I can see if the original machine holder can actually remember the file vault password
    Is it the fact it is file vaulted like to be causing the files not to show up
    You can't..

    I can't remember if you could in Leopard but you can reset the file vault password with you apple ID in .6 and .7.

    I'd try mounting the volume in single user mode and see if you can access the files there.

    It's also possible that the drop damaged the HDD
    Mac Pro 4,1 (Flashed to 5,1) W3570 3.2 Quad..48GB RAM..Gainward GTX 570 "Phantom."
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    If you have access to a machine that is about the same vintage as the one that is messed up try taking the external drive from the "bad" Mac and using it to boot the good Mac. This may not work depending upon the configuration differences of the two machines.
    Sylvester Roque Former Contributing Editor About This Particular Macintosh

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    Home folder not viewable in target mode

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    problem resolved
    Hi
    Slydudes idea of using the broken mac worked.
    I managed to boot up a mac mini with the same chip and OS with the broken machine
    This then allowed us to login normally and recover everything
    Thanks very much

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    Home folder not viewable in target mode
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    Glad you were able to recover everything. I keep an external hard drive dock around for those and similar situations.
    Sylvester Roque Former Contributing Editor About This Particular Macintosh

    "Got Time to breathe. You got time for music." Denver Pyle as Briscoe Darling

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