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zapped the PRAM, Now, can't find Safari & Google Earth data

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I zapped my PRAM on my Mac Book OSX 10.5.8, and now cannot find many of my Safari bookmarks and Google Earth data base info.

Are these saved locally in some cache?  any ideas how to get them back or am I hosed?


Looked in Users/"me"/ library/ cache. . . all old info back in Nov 2012



MacBook, Mac OS X (10.5.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)

    Hi Brian,


    Is  there more than one boot volume? PRAM reset can change the Startup volume.


    Is there more than one user account on it?


    "Try Disk Utility


    1. Insert the Mac OS X Install disc, then restart the computer while holding the C key.

    2. When your computer finishes starting up from the disc, choose Disk Utility from the Installer menu at top of the screen. (In Mac OS X 10.4 or later, you must select your language first.)

    *Important: Do not click Continue in the first screen of the Installer. If you do, you must restart from the disc again to access Disk Utility.*

    3. Click the First Aid tab.

    4. Select your Mac OS X volume.

    5. Click Repair Disk, (not Repair Permissions). Disk Utility checks and repairs the disk."



    Then try a Safe Boot, (holding Shift key down at bootup), run Disk Utility in Applications>Utilities, then highlight your drive, click on Repair Permissions, reboot when it completes.


    (Safe boot may stay on the gray radian for a long time, let it go, it's trying to repair the Hard Drive.)


    If perchance you can't find your install Disc, at least try it from the Safe Boot part onward.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)

    Are they there if you login to the other account?


    Any chance your Home folder got renamed?

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)

    Oh, don't let me confuse you, at a distance here I was wondering if the 2nd account was one you made, or as happens if a Home folder gets renamed, even by accident, then another account gets created & things get mixed up.


    What size is this file?



  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (114,685 points)

    If you're using Spotlight, it may be less than helpful.


    Get Find Any File...



    Hold Option or alt key when selecting Find to Find All.


    Search for Name Contains...




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