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10.6: Compress files with HFS+ compression
Authored by: mchafs on Mar 22, '10 10:23:02AM

This HFS+ compression thread is the first clue to a problem I have. After a boot failure the local apple store did an archive and install. The OS was set up for multiple users with one admin. The admin account data is fine but all the other users data is invisible with a .BC file prefix on all the user data files. The current OS is 10.5.8. Could they have used 10.6 initially and compressed the users files? All system files are OK. Is there a way to restore the 190 GB of now invisible and unreadable files? In terminal mode they all show up with a ls -l command but the filenames are coded. The only solution the apple store offers is a wipe and install.



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