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Wingrove Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)
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Sep 12, 2009 8:51 PM
Ok accidentally clicked on "guest account" to log into my mac...was taking a while to log in so i walked away, came back a minute later and i was greeted with my normal login list again, my usual acc, and the guest user, this time i clicked on the correct one and when it started up i now have a VERY simple desktop, std snow leopard desktop (not my normal desktop pic) and cant see any HD.

Ive been using macs for decades.. what the heck have i done here? repeated restarts and logins never get me back to me usual user acc?... errrm panic kicking in
Macpro 8X 6GB/2TB 2x23" MacBookPro 17", iPod touch 16gb, Mac OS X (10.6)
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
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    Sep 12, 2009 8:55 PM (in response to Wingrove)
    it could be that your finder preferences got reset. are your documents, music and other data in the right places and accessible? to show hard drives on the desktop go to finder preferences->general and check the appropriate box.
    Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6), Mac Pro 2.66GHz, powerbook G4 1.5GHz
  • scb Level 5 Level 5 (5,380 points)
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    Sep 12, 2009 9:01 PM (in response to V.K.)
    MBP 2.4, Mac OS X (10.6), Chill. Life is short. Your answers should be, too.
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
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    Sep 12, 2009 9:22 PM (in response to Wingrove)
    Wingrove wrote:
    all the mail in mail .app

    what do you mean? do you have your Mail data or not? do you have ANY of your data in any apps or in the home directory? It looks like it made a new empty home directory for you with all default values. look in the /users folder at the top level of the hard drive. is your old home directory there? is there something extra there too?
    hmm this is rather annoying to say the very least.. just at the tail end of nearly a DAY of doing a nice clean install of ALL my apps as the first SL install was very buggy with nearly all apps quitting often
    Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6), Mac Pro 2.66GHz, powerbook G4 1.5GHz
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
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    Sep 12, 2009 9:50 PM (in response to Wingrove)
    well it certainly looks like it made a separate empty home directory for you.
    I'm still not sure what happened to the old one. the fact that you are logged in does not mean that it's using your old home directory at the moment. if the old home directory is unavailable when you try to log in it will make a new or temporary one which will contain default preferences and none of your data. that's clearly what you are seeing. control-click on the home icon in the sidebar and select "open enclosing folder". which folder does it open? also, which folder in that folder has a home icon?
    Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6), Mac Pro 2.66GHz, powerbook G4 1.5GHz
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
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    Sep 13, 2009 7:04 AM (in response to Wingrove)
    try restarting, then log in to this account and see if the same thing happens. BTW, did you use filevault on that account?

    Message was edited by: V.K.
    Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6), Mac Pro 2.66GHz, powerbook G4 1.5GHz
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)
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    Sep 13, 2009 7:35 AM (in response to Wingrove)
    Sept 8th on MacFixit:

    Snow Leopard wiping home directory after guest log-in?
    http://reviews.cnet.com/8301-13727_7-10346974-263.html

    I would especially keep my eye on MacIntouch reports and MacFixit, esp after any OS updates.
    Mac Pro 8800GT WD VelociRaptor 10k, Mac OS X (10.6), Windows 7 Core i7 920 GTS 250 CyberPower UPS
  • V.K. Level 9 Level 9 (56,120 points)
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    Sep 13, 2009 7:44 AM (in response to The hatter)
    wow, thanks for that link! I never seen anything like it and didn't think it could happen. if Snow leopard really does do that, that's a very serious bug and needs to be addressed ASAP.
    Mac Pro 3.2 GHz, Mac OS X (10.6), Mac Pro 2.66GHz, powerbook G4 1.5GHz
  • The hatter Level 9 Level 9 (58,600 points)
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    Sep 13, 2009 9:50 AM (in response to V.K.)
    Probably thought 10.6.1 would address it? That, and the Flash out-of-date, gotta wonder who was minding the shop.

    Windows 7 had 10 million beta and then the RC, over a period of 8 months hammering on it. This feels like the early beta. I've had zero issue with the RC (May).

    I figure two major updates puts it in March '10.
    Mac Pro 8800GT WD VelociRaptor 10k, Mac OS X (10.6), Windows 7 Core i7 920 GTS 250 CyberPower UPS
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