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Mar 7, 2013 9:48 AM

I have been given a Macbook by my daughter and think I've done something stupid, I was trying to get rid of old files and have suceeded in putting some things in the trash that I thought were not being used (all not opened since 2009, some from before that)  but some are needed.I know this as when I went onto google chrome it looked very different and I couln't get the search box up.  I drag and dropped everything back but forgot they'd been from a selection of files bigger than 100kb  from different destinations and put them in the wrong place. I found the put back option too late and it only puts them back in the wrong place. I know what some of them are (I found the get info option). How do identify which ones I should put back and where to put them,  In the kind column they're described as:


Plain Text


Macbinary archive

Unix executable

Java jar file

Dynamic library

strungs file

TIFF image

gzipcompressed archive

Opentype font


There are also documents, JEPG and plain text but I'm pretty sure they're not a problem. If anyone knows what part of the computer things need to be returned to I can sort it out. I promise I won't mess with it again!

If anyone can help I'll be very grateful.

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,145 points)
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    Mar 7, 2013 11:59 PM (in response to Catsj)

    If she gave you the machine, she should have included the two discs that shipped with it. Pop in the install disc and reinstall the OS. If it's Snow Leopard, then all it will do is reinstall the OS components and basic Apple apps, leaving data, settings, and 3rd-party apps in place. That should fix your issues. Note that I'm taking your word on not mucking around again.

    27" i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2


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