OS X :: Files - Apps Missing And Reappear After Connecting To External Drive

Feb 13, 2009

I've had this very, very strange issue occurring over the past few days now where recently created files go missing or updated files revert back to earlier versions. It happens when I disconnect from my Time Machine external LaCie drive after backup. Even apps went missing and I had to reinstall them. It's like my machine is automatically reverted to two days earlier when I disconnect the external drive. When it started:

The first time I experienced the problem was *after* I added my Macintosh HD (internal) drive as an exclusion to the Spotlight list of excluded drives/folders. I did this because my Mail app would not allow me to select "Entire Message" when searching mail folders. A popular thread told me that if I added and then removed my (internal) hard drive to/from Spotlight, that it would re-index it, thereby finding the mail files again allowing me to search the message bodies. That's when the files and apps disappeared and/or reverted to previous versions. Again, the files reappear after I plug into the external Time Machine (LaCie) drive. But when I disconnect - they're gone! Other preferences have disappeared too - I've been prompted to re-enter serial #s I entered days prior for new software I added.

Machine: New MacBook Pro
OS X: Version 10.5.6
External Drive: LaCie 1TB

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Feb 24, 2010

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Mar 12, 2010

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Everything was working perfect up till last night and now I can't access any of the contents on the drive.

It seems that everything is there as the drive only shows 62GB of 500GB free but the folder is empty.

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Apr 7, 2012

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Aug 1, 2009

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They've checked out both the 2nd logic board and the new hard drive numerous times and say everything works fine... Should it make any difference if the external drive is plugged into a wall outlet before I connect the laptop to the external drive? Or would it make a difference if the laptop is powered up before plugging in the FW drive?

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May 3, 2012

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May 23, 2012

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Jun 22, 2012

I moved my iTunes library to an external drive, but now my apps are gone? I do have iTunes match and iCloud, so my songs are all on the cloud, but none of my apps are showing... I copied everything over, consolidated, but I must have messed something up as I think I have too many library files on the external drive now. I can see all my files on the external drive, but they are not showing up when I open itunes. It looks like it linked to a new copy of a library as only my most recent apps are showing, nad none of my existing ones are on itunes. What should I do to fix this? How do I know which files to delete? 

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Jun 8, 2012

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When I get info in disk utility I get one that shows I have avaialble 1.99TB of 2 TB - and right below it says 890 MB are used - don't get it

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Jul 6, 2009

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Apr 5, 2008

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