1 Reply Latest reply: Dec 7, 2012 9:25 AM by MacDaddio4
MacDaddio4 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi, wow I could use some help. I was curious and activated "secure virtual memory" in the security settings on my iMac 2.16 Ghz Intel core 2 duo and restarted. Now I can't access any of my files and the "users" folder won't open saying I don't have sufficient privileges even though I am not prompted for the administrator's password.  Every account seems to have reverted back to basic settings. When I try to open the finder I get a message saying:


"The home folder for user "-------" isn't located in the usual place or can't be accessed. The home folder or Users folder may have been moved or deleted. If the home folder is located on the network, the server may be temporarily unavailable. If you continue to have problems, see your system administrator."


I have backups on an external hard drive with time machine. How can I restore my computer?



Any help would be greatly appreciated!



iMac 2.16 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.4.11), Mac Mini 1.25 Ghz G4
  • MacDaddio4 Level 1 (0 points)

    It appears I have resolved the issue on my own. I was able to change the permissions of the "Users" folder by right clicking and choosing "get info". I then was able to access the folder and saw that all of my information was still there. Whew!! And now that I've shut down and rebooted my desktop appears to be back to normal. I did hit the ? for information about the "secure virtual memory" option in security settings BEFORE I selected it and restarted, but the information about it was totally lacking so unfortunately this leads one to explore...