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My Mac did something stupid - HELP!!!!

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by g4string, Mar 15, 2008.


  1. g4string

    g4string

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    I dont know of it was the computer or somebody playing around on m computer and ****ing things up. Here is what happened. I lost all of my imported photos, Thunderbird email accounts, Firefox bookmarks, and iTunes imported songs. How could my computer shed all of this info? The computer is pretty much brand new. How do I prevent this from happening again. Thanks!
     
  2. fenderhutz

    fenderhutz Supporting Member

    Jan 28, 2007
    Harpers Ferry WV
    Did you login under a different account?
     
  3. g4string

    g4string

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    nope, only one account
     
  4. ninnlangel

    ninnlangel Supporting Member

    Dec 14, 2005
    France, Switzerland
    Did you rename / move the account folder ?
     
  5. msquared

    msquared

    Sep 19, 2004
    Kansas City
    Backups. That's why USB drives and writable DVD media are so cheap.
     
  6. The_D

    The_D Well, thats like your opinion. Man...

    Mar 20, 2004
    Fife, Scotland
    Buy a PC? :bag: :D

    Just wanted to get in first ;)
     
  7. elpezpr

    elpezpr

    Feb 7, 2008
    PR
    Did you sync something...ipod, pocket PC,
     
  8. g4string

    g4string

    Sep 19, 2002
    Melissa, TX
    nothing.........I did nothing.............I think the girlfriends snoopy sister was playing around on the computer and jacked things up.
     
  9. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    My first thought is that someone did a restore to a previous date.
     
  10. Chris Fitzgerald

    Chris Fitzgerald Student of Life Staff Member Administrator

    Oct 19, 2000
    Louisville, KY
    Probably too late to help this time, but this is where the multiple users thing comes in handy. Once someone is logged in on as a guest (i.e. - not admin) account, they can't **** up any of your files. My wife and I each created one of these accounts for our son, and it's been flawless so far.

    Agreed. I'd been waiting far too long to do this thinking I needed to buy special software (I'm not running Leopard yet, and won't until it becomes workable for all my software). Turns out that LaCie has a really nice and easy program that comes free with all of its external drives called "Silverkeeper". I bought a 500 gig drive, plugged it in, turned on Silverkeeper, and now my computer backs up both hard drives once a day starting at 3 AM. I thought that it would be *way* more complicated than that.
     
  11. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    I use a program called SuperDuper for backup. It creates a bootable disk image. I run it about once every couple of weeks.
     
  12. Sounds like someone did a restore to previous date. Can't do much about getting your lost data back unless you know how to track down deleted data on a harddrive (which really isn't deleted, just able to be overwritten). It would be faster and easier to just put everything back on your computer and have a guest account set up with no admin abilities.

    lowsound
     
  13. Tsal

    Tsal

    Jan 28, 2000
    Finland, EU
    It's a new one? Can you use the time machine utility?
     
  14. peterbright

    peterbright

    Jan 23, 2007
    On The Bayou
    How did she get access?
     
  15. This is a good idea, might not work though.

    lowsound
     
  16. SuperDuck

    SuperDuck

    Sep 26, 2000
    Wisconsin
    That's close enough to my screen name that I literally did a double take.

    That's all that I really have to offer to this thread. :D
     
  17. peterbright

    peterbright

    Jan 23, 2007
    On The Bayou
    By the way...Mac's don't do stupid things...people do. Don't shoot the Mac.
     
  18. Yvon

    Yvon Supporting Member

    Nov 2, 2000
    Montreal, Canada
    I heard about super duper before. Do you do your back on external hard drive?
    On a dvd?
     
  19. Geoff St. Germaine

    Geoff St. Germaine Commercial User

    I back up to an external drive.
     
  20. Masher88

    Masher88 Believe in absurdities and you commit atrocities

    May 7, 2005
    Cleveland, OH
    Computers don't DO anything until someone tells them to.
     

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