Currently Being ModeratedNov 22, 2011 2:09 PM (in response to Limetastic)
sounds like a hard drive failure. the question marks mean it can't find the media.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 22, 2011 2:12 PM (in response to TheSmokeMonster)
Can I fix this by updating to Lion? Or do I need a new computer completely? Can I get the files off it? It isn't letting me use my hard drive to copy things to. :\
Currently Being ModeratedNov 22, 2011 2:12 PM (in response to Limetastic)
When you "cleared photos," what exactly does that mean? Sounds to me like whatever it was that you did deleted more than you intended. Do you have any backups?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 22, 2011 2:15 PM (in response to Limetastic)
Can you boot from DVD ?
If yes you can run Disk Utility and check and repair your HD.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 22, 2011 2:18 PM (in response to Limetastic)
installing lion will not solve this issue. if anything you need a new hard drive. Thomas Reed brings up a good point that you may have deleted a lot more then you thought. so more description of what you were doing would help. Walter offers a very good idea to verify your disks and permissions.
you're computer is fine, your hardrive and your information is another story.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 22, 2011 3:22 PM (in response to Limetastic)
You must have deleted something by accident or some other issue.
I recommend you hire a local Mac data recovery expert, also to evaluate your entire system and make some hardware/software recommendations.
They will look at everything and fix you right up, recovery your files, provided you quit using the computer and potentially overwriting files you wanted, but deleted by accident.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2011 4:15 PM (in response to Limetastic)
I think y'all are right. I thought about it some more to figure out what all I had deleted because I know I didn't delete any system files while going through my photos since I have them separated and organized and have used the same way for years.
I believe what happened was I ran Clean My Mac and it deleted some things I needed. I remember getting some are you sure messages and it's possible I just deleted things that I needed while using that because that is when my problems started.
I could time machine restore I believe, would this restore those files? I'm not quite sure how I work that but I know I did some backups before October.
Y'all I'm a mess and I have no idea how to correct this. I'm assuming I should never use CMM again since it's obvious I don't know what it's doing.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 24, 2011 4:23 PM (in response to Limetastic)
A professional will image your drive and attempt a bit by bit file recovery method directly from the drive itself.
You see when you delete something, it's not quite erased yet, but the space the file took is available to be overwritten, so it's only a matter of time before that occurs and the file is really gone.
So they will recover what they can, and then restore your machine and it's software and return the recovered files.
The TimeMachine is certainly going to assist, good thing you got it.
The trick is to hire someone and quit using the computer until they rescue you, show you in person how to rescue yourself .
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2011 10:24 AM (in response to ds store)
I can't stop using my computer, I run a business and this is all I have. And I can't afford to hire somebody to go over it, I took it to the store and they wanted hundreds of dollars to even look at it. Is there nothing I can do myself?
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2011 10:33 AM (in response to Limetastic)
You can restore everything from Time Machine:
Might want to hook up with a Cat5, USB, or FireWire cable, wireless will take a lot longer.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2011 10:38 AM (in response to Limetastic)
First, what backups do you have? If the answer is "none," shut down the machine immediately and don't start it again until you've made some decisions about data recovery.
Currently Being ModeratedNov 26, 2011 11:28 AM (in response to Limetastic)
I'm unclear exactly what the situation currently is, but if you haven't got recent backups, you need to make a choice. You can either stop using the computer now and try to recover whatever data you need, or you can reinstall the system and see if the computer works. What you do depends on what exactly is going on and whether you need to prioritize data vs continuing to use the computer.