OS X :: How To Restore Deleted .plist Files

May 31, 2010

Last night in a desperate attempt to get some GBs back, I went crazy on Spring Cleaning and accidentally deleted all my .plist files... and considering I have tons of media editing software that I had arranged the preferences to ultimate perfection, I'm kinda upset.

How can i get them back?? I just redragged them from the trash to the Library/Preferences folder but they don't seem to be doing much there.

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Mac Pro :: Any Way To Restore Deleted Files?

Feb 7, 2012

I have not installed time machine on my Mac Pro and accidentally deleted a lot of picture files, included emptied the trash can. Is there anything I can do to restore the files?

Mac Pro

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OS X :: How To Restore Plist File

Mar 1, 2009

I tried to change the login screen background on my macbook using this mini tutorial. I tried using this method


sudo defaults write /Library/Preferences/com.apple.loginwindow DesktopPicture "/Path/to/picture/you/want/to/use/image.jpg"

but I must have entered the image path wrong and now I just get a blank blue login screen background and I dont know how to change it. I'm pretty sure the only file i changed is com.apple.loginwindow.plist

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Applications :: Won't Restore Deleted Files / Still In Trash

Jan 27, 2010

When you delete something but change your mind, and the app is still in the trash bin, how can I restore back to its location with all the components? I know I can simply drag the main app to my application folder but what about the other components?

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Applications :: Deleted Files From Trash - How To Restore?

Jul 29, 2010

I have deleted 2000 pictures from my trash can by mistake what is the best to try to get them back again

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ITunes For Mac :: How To Restore Deleted Files From Trash

Aug 23, 2014

I have deleted by mistake som iTunes files which are now in Trash

How do I restore ? there was no Put Back option.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: See Deleted Files Or Restore Them On Another Volume?

Jun 18, 2012

I wanted to unzip a file with BetterZip. It said there exists another file with the same name.I answered it's question if I want to replace or unzip this file to another place just with replace.But the result was that the whole content of the folder where the file should be extracted to, was deleted by BetterZip.The volume on which that happened is not my start / system volume, it's a separate volume only with data.

1.) Exists a way to see a list of the files which were deleted ? (Because I don't know if there was something really important inside.)

2.) Is there a terminal command or another method to get these files back to that folder ?

Info:Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X Mavericks :: Deleted Some Messages App Library Files - How To Restore

Sep 6, 2014

I accidentally deleted some of the important messages app library files.  Is there a way to restore them?

iMac, OS X Mavericks (10.9.4)

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Applications :: Panic Transmit / Restore Deleted Local Files?

Dec 26, 2010

I've made a bit of a cock up with a website i've been developing, and being a bit new to all things Mac i've deleted some files.

Basically i've downloaded a copy of the website from the server to my local disc but the local copy also contained all my raw files PSD's etc. I didn't realise that transmit deleted the local copy before downloading and not merging them which is what most windows ftp software does.

Anyway, long story short, is there any way of restoring those files either via transmit or another bit of software ?

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: System Restore: Will Recent Files Be Deleted

Mar 14, 2012

I want to perform a full system restore from Time Machine because the last updates killed the scan ability of my Samsung SCX4500 printer. Can i do a system restore without deleting all my recent files (i mean the files i created AFTER the date chosen for the restore on TM)?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8)

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OS X :: Time Machine Restore System Language Files Deleted By "monolingual'?

Jun 14, 2010

I've tried getting some answers to this from Apple support forums and my local mac forum but didn't get much info... I've removed some important language files while using monolingual (namely -English (American) -English (British) not realizing these are subset and required). I should've read the FAQ first... now some programs are appearing in weird character formats. Can I restore these language files with my Time Machine back ups? Which folder would I need to replace back with previous file? Since I did this only late last night, I should be able to just replace a certain system file folder, without causing much headache

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OS X :: Tool For Searching Editing And Deleting Specific .plist Files And Cache Files?

Sep 17, 2008

I'm not talking about a tool like Onyx, which is "excellent". Definitely the best, most simplest maintenance tool/utility.app for the Mac.I'm talking a simple tool for searching, editing and deleting both specific .plist files and cache files on an app-by-app basis. Is there one?I know of PrefEdit, but that is only for .plist (preference) files, and leaves out cache files:

I need, well desperately want; one that does both.Yeah I could use AppZapper, but I would prefer something that is designed for this specific purpose. Anyone?

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Software :: Reading Plist Files From Command Line?

Apr 18, 2002

Can anyone tell me if there is a command line tool to read values out of plist files? I'm trying to write a script to automate installing the Balthisar Ghostscript Network Printer package, and I want it to check the version of the LPR module before replacing it. I wanted to do something cleaner than just parsing it's Info.plist file in perl.

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OS X V10.6 Snow Leopard :: .plist Preference Files Getting Corrupt?

May 12, 2012

I've come here because I searched for the names of these .plist files on the net and got no results whatsover - ZERO. Drive Genius 3 picks out the following .plist files as corrupt, on a fairly regular basis. When I delete them, they come back pretty quickly, and the first I hear about it is when DG3 points them out to me again - only days later: 

/Users/Kev/Library/Preferences/com.Incoradial.Stomatic.plist: Unexpected character  at line 1  

/Users/kev/Library/Preferences/com.Datawise.Mousquetaire.plist: Unexpected character  at line 1  

I am not experiencing any strange behaviour that I could link to the presence of these files, I'm just curious at to where they orginate from and why they get picked up as possibly corrupt so quickly?Like I say a quick search on the net brings up nothing at all for the names of these files. Sometimes there are about 3 more - but they all have names that I cannot relate to any applications I have on the Mac?I had noticed some wierd looking preference files before when using MainMenu and seeing the list as it was processing the batch tasks - but never got round to investigating it properly.

Mac Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.8), RME Fireface 400/Logic 9.1.6

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Intel Mac :: How To Delete 3.7 Million Zero-byte Plist Files From Time Machine

Feb 21, 2012

I found 3,708,612 copies of zero byte plist files in over 50 folders in my Time Machine backup database. One perf-pane application made all of them. Is there a fast way, really fast way to delete all of them at once.The spinning ball takes a long time to delete even one file stored 50 or more times in different or the same folder.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.8), 3.6 GHz Intel Core i5

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Software :: Data Recovery From Deleted Folders / Files Are Deleted Via Trash?

May 18, 2010

I have a MacPro (Intel), and I had my Music folder on a second (non-boot) internal drive. That drive was getting full, so I bought yet another internal drive to put in one of the other bays, thinking to copy the folders to the new, larger-capacity drive. So I bought a 2 Tb drive and transferred all my MOVIES to the new drive, but then went back and deleted my MUSIC folder and emptied the trash. I knew immediately that I'd made a mistake.

I haven't written anything to that drive whatsoever from that moment on, so absolutely nothing should have been over-written. I have plenty of room on the new drive to which I can recover the deleted files. Unfortunately the folder/directory was very large, with over 20,000 files, mostly of podcasts/spoken word stuff, much of which is no longer available or would represent thousands of hours of download time, plus all my digitized folk music from long out-of-print LP records.

You'd think I'd be more responsible with >600 Gb of data! However, fortunately the drive is in good working order, it just requires a good recovery strategy. I know that services that do recovery charge a fortune, and because I haven't written anything to that drive and it still mounts without problems, I'm hoping I can do this myself with a good data recovery software package. Because I am talking about literally thousands of files, it is just too painful to think about editing all the metadata about each file (name, artist, album, etc.), and ideally I would like to recover the files and the file structure so podcasts are recovered as such, etc.

Is this at all possible?

If so, what are the relative merits of File Salvage vs. Data Rescue vs. Kernel for Macintosh (Nucleus Data Recovery) vs. VirtualLab Data Recovery vs. Stellar Phoenix? Is there something better than these--these are the only ones I found on a Web search. Are there any head-to-head reviews of which someone is aware?

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OS X :: How To Restore Applications That Accidentally Deleted

Sep 17, 2010

How can I restore applications like Chess. I inserted the Macbook Pro Applications Install CD but there were only Garage Band and an another application.

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OS X :: Deleted NTFS Partition - Any Way To Restore?

Aug 14, 2008

I was trying out to test if I might want to use OSX since I was always using Windows XP, but apparently I did some stupid things while I was on OSX. I wanted to expand my OSX partition but I couldn't do the typical dragging to adjust the size, so I pressed on the + button on disk utility and my windows partition became 2 equal partitions. But that wasn't what I wanted so what I did was to click - and not sure that that was an actual confirmation for deletion, I clicked the button to Doom! So now, I'm left with a single Mac partition with the rest of HDD in free space condition. I didn't create a new partition or read or write to the sector. The question is, thus, if there is anyway to restore or undelete that partition that was so unfortunate?

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OS X :: Deleted My User File/how To Restore It?

Feb 10, 2009

I deleted my user file Macintosh HD/Users/MY USER NAME.

How can I get it back? I used data rescue 2 but it didn't get the folders it was in or the file names and I have about 300 files on my desktop so I can't rename everything. I also have a iPhone and I and I want to know if everything on it will be deleted at the next sync (Contacts, songs, videos, Photos, Apps) if I can't get my files back because some of my song aren't backup so my iTunes won't be the same as the last time I sync my iPhone (My iPhone is Jailbroken.)

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Software :: How To Restore Deleted Document Box

Aug 22, 2009

In foolishly thinking I could save all my documents by dragging the "Documents" portion of the Hard Drive menu on my eMac, the Documents box went "poof." How do I restore this back to the menu?

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ICloud :: Restore Deleted Email From It?

May 3, 2012

I have deleted all email messages from iCloud. How do I restore them?

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Jun 20, 2012

I deleted a calendar on icloud by mistake. Is there any way of restoring it?

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Intel Mac :: Way To Restore Deleted Emails

Jun 27, 2012

I was deleting emails and lost all emails in my Inbox. I do not have Time Machine set up.

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MacBook Pro :: Restore Deleted Photograph

Jun 19, 2014

How to find, restore a deleted photograph, unintentionally deleted?

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Applications :: IPhoto Pictures Deleted - Any Way To Restore?

Dec 28, 2010

My mom accidentally deleted all the Christmas photos when she only meant to delete just one of them. She'd already deleted them off the camera. It all happened so fast, before Time Machine or any backups.

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OS X :: Deleted Private Folder - Unable To Restore?

Aug 24, 2008

I deleted my /Private folder. I'm not sure how I was able to but I think I deleted some random little files in my Mac HD before that and I do recall entering my password (the administrative / master password) to authorize the deletion. So that's how I got into this situation. I'd just also like to say that I do not have my information backed up.

What I Have Tried:
- Rebooting in Single-User mode following some code I found off a forum for someone who had only deleted their /var folder- Failed!
- Rebooting in SU mode following code off Apple Support website- Failed!
- Called 1-800-MY-APPLE - was told I could only reinstall everything- Failed!
- Went into the Genius Bar to talk to a Genius. He tried to start up remotely with an External HD- Failed!
- Was told by the Genius to take a firewire cable and hook up my computer to another Mac and start in Target Disk mode, move all my data onto there (or an external HD attached to computer 2) and then reinstall - Failed! (Reason: The second computer could not detect my computer? Indexing was taking forever but I couldn't stop Spotlight from indexing because I could not find it... My disk / the icon does not appear on the desktop. BUT, it was detected through Time Machine.)

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MacBook Pro :: How To Restore Deleted Icons In Finder

Dec 17, 2009

I accidentally dragged the icon in the Finder Window for my Macintosh HD hard drive out of the window so it deleted. How can I get that back in Finder, or restore it so it returns?

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Software :: Deleted My Sparseimage File/how To Restore?

Mar 25, 2007

I put a sparseimage file in the trash and then shut down my machine. I can't log in with that user name, so I've been unable to access the trash to undelete it. Any ideas on how to fix this mistake?

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Software :: User File Got Deleted/how To Restore It?

Dec 23, 2008

My son somehow managed to put the usr file into the trashcan, and when I went to get it out, it didn't show up there. Now when you start the computer it gives you a screen saying that you have to restart your computer, and will never go any further. Is there anything to be done here?

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OS X V10.7 Lion :: Restore Old Backup That Has Been Deleted Automatically By TM?

Apr 16, 2012

Yesterday i did a clean install of OS X Lion. Started importing photos from the Time Machine this morning. While at work TM has deleted all old backups, so now the latest backup i have is from 5 minutes after I did the clean install.How can I restore an old backup that has been deleted automatically by TM?

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