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Fix a possible 'disappearing file on Desktop' bug
Authored by: sosventures on Jan 20, '06 01:44:36PM

Yeah, the same bizarre thing happened to me, although a bit differently... I started getting Error -36 whenever I tried to create a file or folder on the desktop, I was unable to do anything to the desktop.

The problem first materialized by half of the files on my desktop disappearing. Then a week went by before it got unbearable, and finally when I started fiddling it got really bizarre, I'd tried to drag a single file to the desktop and all the desktop files would disappear.

I'd never seen anything like it before on a Mac.

Then, it was like a ghost was in the machine, because while I couldn't see the files in the finder or using the terminal (ls -a), the files weren't completely gone, because after I'd delete the Desktop DF and Desktop DB files they would reappear, but as soon as I tried to create a file on the desktop everything would disappear, both from the Finder and the Terminal. Anyway the desktop files reappeared long enough for me to copy them out after I deleted the Desktop DF files.

Wasn't able to remove the Desktop directory as you suggested because even though there was nothing in it, could not remove it because it said it wasn't empty.

I was able to rename it however, and when I restarted, I was able to move files and create folders on my desktop once again.

I suspect there are still problems with my file system, however, so I'm using CCC (carbon copy cloner) to back up the files, and I'm going to reformat my hard drive. :-(

One reason for thinking that the file system isn't working right is because I tried to unencrypt the FileVault after that and it wouldn't let me. And on top of that, the trash couldn't be emptied of it's contents, etc. etc.

Well, whatever, I've got backups. But it's a pain.

Darkness cannot drive out darkness; only light can do that. Hate cannot drive out hate; only love can do that.
Martin Luther King, Jr.

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Authored by: makh on Feb 23, '06 04:42:05AM

Please! Help.
Is there any way I can recover the contents of my desktop??
While I was hooked to my home Mac I tried to retrieve a file and couldn't find it.
Went back to my laptop and the screen was clean of all I had on the dsktop!
Can they be retrieved?

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