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Question: Recents Folder in High Sierra

After upgrading to High Sierra, I inadvertently trashed everything in the Recents Folder because I didn't realize that it replace the All My Files folder. How will that affect my files? Is there any magical solution to fixing my huge mistake?

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Late 2016, 4 TBT3), Sierra 10.13.1

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Solved the problem! When I went into the older Time Machine backups, it allowed me to do a search, so I typed in "All My Files". Miraculously, there they were. It was a tedious task, but I got them all copied and into a folder on my hard drive. Now, I'm wondering if it will be okay to put them in the newer Recents folder in the new system.

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Nov 15, 2017 2:43 PM in response to Nancy Blazis In response to Nancy Blazis

Now, I'm wondering if it will be okay to put them in the newer Recents folder in the new system.

You don't put anything in Recents (or even the older, "All My Files" folder). Those are search folders which find files based on a pre-determined criteria and show you the results.

You should put the recovered files back in the appropriate folders you had the files stored in previously like "Documents," "Desktop," "Music," "Pictures," etc.

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Nov 15, 2017 2:43 PM in response to Nancy Blazis In response to Nancy Blazis

To quickly access all of your files, click Recents in the Finder sidebar. All the files on your Mac and in iCloud Drive are added to Recents automatically.

You can’t add or remove files from Recents. The folder is updated automatically when you create or get new files, or when you remove files from your Mac or iCloud Drive.

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Nov 14, 2017 7:57 AM in response to tygb In response to tygb

Solved the problem! When I went into the older Time Machine backups, it allowed me to do a search, so I typed in "All My Files". Miraculously, there they were. It was a tedious task, but I got them all copied and into a folder on my hard drive. Now, I'm wondering if it will be okay to put them in the newer Recents folder in the new system.

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Nov 14, 2017 11:03 AM in response to tygb In response to tygb

Not sure if you understood my question. I recovered the All My Files from a Time Machine backup. There are 11,000+ files-- can I copy them to the Recents folder. One of the other techs told me that Recents replaced All My Files.

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Nov 14, 2017 11:04 AM in response to Barney-15E In response to Barney-15E

Solved the problem! When I went into the older Time Machine backups, it allowed me to do a search, so I typed in "All My Files". Miraculously, there they were. It was a tedious task, but I got them all copied and into a folder on my hard drive. Now, I'm wondering if it will be okay to put them in the newer Recents folder in the new system.

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Nov 15, 2017 2:43 PM in response to Nancy Blazis In response to Nancy Blazis

Now, I'm wondering if it will be okay to put them in the newer Recents folder in the new system.

You don't put anything in Recents (or even the older, "All My Files" folder). Those are search folders which find files based on a pre-determined criteria and show you the results.

You should put the recovered files back in the appropriate folders you had the files stored in previously like "Documents," "Desktop," "Music," "Pictures," etc.

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Nov 15, 2017 2:43 PM in response to Nancy Blazis In response to Nancy Blazis

To quickly access all of your files, click Recents in the Finder sidebar. All the files on your Mac and in iCloud Drive are added to Recents automatically.

You can’t add or remove files from Recents. The folder is updated automatically when you create or get new files, or when you remove files from your Mac or iCloud Drive.

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