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My Download Folder Disappeared

2429 Views 5 Replies Latest reply: Jan 14, 2009 12:57 PM by V.K. RSS
Illegit Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Jan 13, 2009 6:57 PM
I can no longer find my Download folder within OS X. It was in my user directory under my name, and I also had a Download Stack in the Dock. Now, it is no longer there. Earlier today, a weird question mark showed up on the Dock where the Download stack used to be. I was a little confused by it and removed that from the Dock. Then, I realized that the Download stack and folder were gone.

I have checked using Time Machine and I cannot find the Download folder there either. I did not delete the folder, it just disappeared. How do I get it back along with the files in it?
MacBook Pro 2.4GHz 4GB Ram, Mac OS X (10.5.5)
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
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    Jan 13, 2009 7:07 PM (in response to Illegit)
    it could have become invisible.
    run the following command in terminal and post the results

    ls -aldeO ~/Downloads
    Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Mac Pro 2.66GHz, powerbook G4 1.5GHz
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,025 points)
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    Jan 13, 2009 8:01 PM (in response to Illegit)
    If it's truly gone simply make a new folder in your Home folder and name it "Downloads" but without the quotes. You can drag the new folder onto the Dock for a new stack.

    You might also do a Spotlight search for it in case you inadvertently moved it. If you had files in it, then restore the folder from your backup.
    Mac Pro 2.66 Ghz; MacBook Pro C2D 2.33 Ghz; MacBook Pro 2.16 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Intel iMac C2D 17 "; MacBook 2.0 Ghz; 30 GB iPod Video (Black); iPod Nano 2 GB
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,025 points)
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    Jan 14, 2009 12:47 PM (in response to Illegit)
    The command is "ls", not "Is". Use an L, not and I.
    Mac Pro 2.66 Ghz; MacBook Pro C2D 2.33 Ghz; MacBook Pro 2.16 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Intel iMac C2D 17 "; MacBook 2.0 Ghz; 30 GB iPod Video (Black); iPod Nano 2 GB
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
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    Jan 14, 2009 12:57 PM (in response to Illegit)
    please copy and paste the command as I gave it, do not retype it.
    Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.5.6), Mac Pro 2.66GHz, powerbook G4 1.5GHz

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