Currently Being ModeratedJul 28, 2013 3:32 PM (in response to Brooklyn Jim)
Confusing: you show as using Tiger 10.4.10, you mention Mountain Lion, this is the Snow Leopard forum, and you fail to mention what Mac you have.
Currently Being ModeratedJul 28, 2013 5:29 PM (in response to Klaus1)
To clarify, this all happened under Snow Leopard as I had said. My profile lists Tiger, since I haven't cared to update my personal profile since using that OS, and in fact I still use Tiger among other versions. I manage a lot of users. And I never got to upgrade to Mountain Lion on this system, as explained in the post above. So I don't see the confusion.
I don't think the model of Mac makes a difference for this type of problem, but in case it does, the incident was on a 2010 Intel iMac with a 4TB hard drive and 8GB of RAM. I would have mentioned that if this was a problem with hardware specific to the model of Mac. But this is more of a universal issue.
But to stay on topic, I'm guessing my old backups are toast. But if anybody has any experience with recovering from Time Machine deleting their old backups, I would be happy to hear from them. In the meantime, I am going to try to do some old fashioned file recovery, and see what I can salvage.