restore lost folders / desktop?

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  1. utente

    utente Notebook Enthusiast

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    I had a folder on my desktop and yesterday it disappeared. I also had some files in a folder "untitled folder" with some numbers after the "untitled folder" and, although I was able to save files to it, I can't find it on the hard drive.

    I've had my Mac for a few months (and love it) but there are still so many things that I haven't figured out. On Windows you can "restore" the computer to a former date and have things just the way they were on that date.

    Is that possible with OSX? It's not a disaster. Nothing critical lost (I hope) but I'm wondering what happened and what I might have done to "lose" those folders.

    Any ideas?
     
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    what kind of files were they? were they files created by an application?
     
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    joshuaLX Notebook Evangelist

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    Are you using Time Machine at all?
     
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    utente Notebook Enthusiast

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    Oh, no! I thought that the folder on the desktop was just an "alias" and that the files were kept with the documents associated with the program: OpenOffice. I don't remember deleting the folder on the desktop or moving it.


    Now that I've checked, the file is gone (for good?) It was patient accounts (billing) and, no, of course I hadn't set up Time Machine.

    If the files were deleted, is there a way to restore them?
     
  5. Khris

    Khris Yes I am better than you!

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    Yes, it's called Time Machine. There are several posts already on the forums on how to use it/set it up, and a Google search will reveal even more.
     
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    Thanks. I was under the impression that Time Machine was only a backup program, not something that could restore the system (the way Windows does).

    Meanwhile, though, I found a program on the Apple site called "File Salvage" that's supposed to restore deleted files.

    Does anybody know anything about that program?
     
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