1. Is it Time to Update Your Operating System? Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    [...] learning of Sidekick’s data loss and an apparent bug in OS X relating to guest accounts that could cause it to lose data. As Kevin over at jkOnTheRun says: “Services fail…what are you doing about [...]

  2. Another workaround is to use username and password in the login window instead of “list of users.”

  3. Scary. Not sure why this didn’t affect us—we have the configuration outlined here—but I’ll certainly be disabling and re-enabling the account, just in case!

  4. This happened to me a few weeks back. Needless to say I was furious. It even got to the point of not booting up (but I think that was due to a Rosetta issue). So I popped in my SL disc and proceeded with a fresh install. Well, it finished incredibly fast (as it didn’t actually re-install SL) and everything was restored. By coincidence, I’ve recently disabled the Guest acct, and I don’t run anything that utilizes Rosetta.

  5. Nicolas (nambuls) ‘s status on Tuesday, 13-Oct-09 18:13:00 UTC – Identi.ca Tuesday, October 13, 2009
  6. Joshua Martens Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    I’ve been having Rosetta problems too. Apparently I can’t run Nambu or Extensis Suitcase X1 without installing or activating Rosetta. I’ve been on the road for 3 weeks and didn’t bring my install disc with me. What a hastle!

    The Rosetta situation pails in comparison to my real problem I have. I have 3 external hard drives plugged into my Mac and, one by one, upon restarting my computer, they’ve been wiped.

    My 4th drive, which I use for TimeMachine, hasn’t been affected. The other 3 are no longer recognized by my Mac. I plug them in and it says “The disc you inserted was not readable by this computer.”

    What the hell Apple!

  7. It’s a misnomer to say “data loss” as the hard disk is not wiped. The data is there, safe and sound, it’s just not accessible due to the bug.

  8. Joshua Martens Tuesday, October 13, 2009

    @Phil K. – Right you are. I think it’s volume corruption. My Mac just won’t recognize my drive’s volume. I’m now hunting for some data recovery software.

    1. @Joshua – Sorry to hear about your volume corruption, I know that sinking feeling. I had a faulty external FW RAID that mangled the volume on it twice to the point where Leopard wouldn’t recognize it. Alsoft’s Diskwarrior was able to recover it both times. What I liked most about it was the ability to recover (by simply copying them over in Finder; DiskWarrior “mounts” the result of it’s analysis so you can preview it) the most important files before it wrote any changes to the volume. Better safe than sorry.
      I just checked their site; they did update DW for Snow Leopard. Since I don’t know if I can post links here – just google for “DiskWarrior”, should be the first link returned.
      I’m not affiliated to Alsoft, just pretty happy with DW.

  9. It’s a good thing I would never do a “dirty upgrade” of an OS. Wipe the drive and bring everything onto SL through migration assistant from your time machine backup and avoid the bug!

  10. Mac Recovery Software Thursday, October 15, 2009

    Yeah it happens everywhere i too faced such a problem…Incase if you lost your data really you need some good recovery tool like Stellar Phoenix Mac Recovery Software which i used when i got data loss situation..Thanks to this wonderful Mac Recovery tool..

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