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OS X Leopard :: Time Machine Deleted All Folders Now Cannot Restore


I have a Mac Pro, and two users on it. All the Users folders (home folders) are stored on a separate HDD, moved from there usual location on the system drive and the home folder locations changed in Accounts/Users/advanced options. This morning I wanted to restore everything as it was a few hours ago. So I opened Finder and navigated to the relevant 'Users' Hard drive. Then opened Time machine from the dock. Went back to the correct restore point and clicked Restore. This was the root of the drive.The Root contains one folder called users. This has two folder for the two users.

Inside each one are the user folders you would expect to see:
Desktop
Documents
Downloads
Library
etc

TM said Preparing to restore.Asked for admin password and began restoring. It then gave a message saying I do not have sufficient prvilidges for the current operation and quit. It quit after deleting all the files in both users home folders but before it restored anything. So now I am left with two empty home folders, each containing just one sub folde 'Library', and that looks about half empty. So basically it has trashed my user data..everything gone and it wont restore. How do I restore the data back from the Time machine drive? I have turned off time machine backups for now so no more backups are made, and am afraid to log off or turn machine off in case some data vital for log in has also been deleted.

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