OS X :: Macintosh HD Accidentally Renamed?

Aug 29, 2010

The name of the Macintosh HD has somehow been changed to a tiny little circle with an "x" it. I think this may have been done accidentally, but I also would like to eliminate the possibility that it indicates some sort of problem. Of course I know how to highlight the icon and select the naming area and just rename it, bit does anyone know if the little circle with the "x" means anything other than someone just accidentally renamed the Macintosh HD somehow?


MacBook :: Accidentally Deleted My Startup Disk (Macintosh HD)

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I deleted my startup disk in my computer (Macintosh HD) and can't boot my computer. I am in disk utility when my computer starts up and I don't know what to do. Can't reinstall lion because I have no startup disk in my computer it just boots me to disk utility.

Info:MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7.2)

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Apr 27, 2010

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The network name of my MP is randomly changed. The original name was simply "MacPro." Then it started to change it's name to MacPro (1), MacPro (2), etc., thinking there was already a computer with the same name in use when it was the same computer all along.

The message I get looks like this:

I only have this problem on my MP, which again, is connected to an Airport Express via Ethernet. This problem doesn't exist on my machines that have an Airport card installed.

Anyone know what is causing this, and more importantly, how to stop it?

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Renaming my hard drive caused Time Machine to make a new 190 GB backup. How can I delete this single backup to get the space back and still keep the previous and following backups? I tried deleting the single backup for whole hard drive in the Time Machine UI, but I didn't get any the space back, the next newest backup is now 190 GB using Time Tracker as seen below. Just tried deleting all the backups of the renamed hard drive from 3 Oct and now the first backup of today is 191 GB.

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Feb 24, 2010

I accidentally renamed the home directory on my macbook! its a mid 2007 model running 10.4.11 Tiger and I don't normally restart or log off my computer. I accidentally changed it the other day with a track pad misclick while I was multitabling on pokerstars and went back and changed it back later once I realized what I had done. I didn't think it was that severe of an issue until I started experiencing problems with apps.

I have found the folder with all the old stuff in the users file but I don't know how to apply all the old settings to my account. ALL my applications have restarted and my itunes is completely wiped. All the music files are on the computer but every time I log off all apps are again reset. How do I get everything back to normal?

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Jan 24, 2009

ok so my new 2.4 aluminum macbook which i have had for a while and its been amazing is having tons of isues.

kernal panic the screen goes gray with a box in the middle with a power button behind it saying it need to hold the restart button and then presss it again.
i called applecare and the lady had me delete the plist files and for some reason a couple kept coming back and would not delet virus maybe. but i did that then restarted my computer and my doc was full blown huge loast alot of data and all that. plus my computer started to play the video when installing leopard really odd. my email information is gone to...and now my aluminum macbook says in a pop up install box remote install mac osx helps you install mac os x on your macbook air what the ****.

also my hard drive icon on my desk top was renames to ]..

i am scared as to whats going on. i can usually fix most things this is messed up i think its a virus

all my applications have been un installed and stuff. this is so odd. the mac os x intro video huge dock and my computer telling me its a macbook air

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Apr 8, 2009

Before I realized that I should not rename or delete anything in my Iphoto folder, I had already renamed and deleted a bunch of stuff out of it. Now I can't access any of the pics in Iphoto. Is there any way to go back and undo everything? How can I get those photos back into Iphoto?

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My hard drive has mysteriously renamed itself DB1973 Currently Being ModeratedMar 10, 2009 3:27 AM The hard drive item that sits permanently on my desktop has been renamed to 'pe. I noticed this yesterday evening, after I'd downloaded some software updates and tried to back up my files using Time Machine. An image file that was saved on my desktop has also changed its name, from "Peter and Laura caricature" to "-09§". However, the name of a movie file saved on my desktop has remained the same, so whatever has caused these file names to change hasn't affected everything on my desktop (I only had three items there - the hard drive, the image and the movie).Is this something I need to be concerned about? Does it signal some sort of corruption or virus? No-one else uses my machine.

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Nov 5, 2008

I renamed a Mailbox, trying to rationalize my boxes. The mailbox contained six other mailboxes, some of which have sub-mailboxes. i.e. three levels. A new (blue) folder appeared with the right name but nothing it. No folders, no email. I suppose the actual individual emails have lost their addresses or something. I went into a separate hard drive back up, into my User Library, and made a copy of the correct mailbox which has the email in it. I dragged it into Mail (I think?!) but it is uncoloured and although it has the nested mailboxes in it, there no email in any of them. How can I restore the email? I tried dragging the individual email but Mail wouldn't register it at all. I am very nervous about losing this email because it represents a vital part of the last four years of my research and I use it every day.

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Dec 10, 2009

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Mar 2, 2009

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Jul 25, 2009

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Dec 30, 2009

I know that some base unix files are hidden inside Macintosh HD, and I know that sometimes they get unhidden, well, this happened to me with the private folder, and I deleted it, then restored from a backup and found a command to get rid of it. But now another hidden file has become unhidden, the usr file, now I don't know what it is so I'm not gonna mess with it, but can some one please tell me the command to hide it, or give me a link to an article?

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Jun 27, 2010

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Jul 1, 2010

I've just noticed this happening tonight. I did perform todays Mac Update but I don't know if they are related. Whenever I try to open "Macintosh HD" (my boot drive) the Finder closes. Does anyone know what the solution could be? I was able to run a "verify disk" and it said there were errors so I did a reboot to my Snow Leopard start up disk and was able to repair the errors.

I've googled everything I can think of and can't seem to find anyone else with this issue. I'd rather not have to reimage the machine. Upon further investigation I've noticed that the problem seemed to have started on June 20th. I can access the back-up folders of my Time Machine for "Macintosh HD" for all dates prior but starting on the 20th if I try to access the Macintosh HD backup folder, Finder shuts down just as it does with the current Macintosh HD.

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Apr 22, 2012

The default 'Macintosh HD' hard drive on my Intel Mac Pro (OSX10.6.8) is almost full and I'd like to clone it to a new larger capacity drive. To keep things simple I will remove the existing drive and keep it safe as a backup. I understand that I can clone the drive to a new one and make the new one bootable using something like Carbon Copy Cloner or the Apple Disk Utility but I just have a couple of quick questions. 

Firstly I believe I must partition the new disk in Disk Utility using a GUID Partition table. What about the naming of the disk? Again to keep things simple I would like the new disk to be named 'Macintosh HD'. 

Regardless of what I name the new disk when it is initially formatted/partitioned will the cloning process also copy the 'Macintosh HD' name to it? Can you have two disks with the same name connected to the Mac Pro at the same time during the clone process? 

Secondly, will the cloning process in the Apple Disk Utility automatically make the new drive bootable or are there further steps required after the clone is made? 

Finally, if I use the Apple Disk Utility to create the clone should I do this from the original Snow Leopard DVD that came with the Mac Pro or should I use the latest version that is on the installed Mac OSX? 

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Aug 31, 2010

My MacBook has had song big problems, and all I can get it to do is boot up with the Mac OS X install disk, or the DVD I put ubuntu on earlier. Otherwise I get the grey screen with a folder and question mark flashing on the screen. I am unable to reinstall OS X because of the error, so we (I and a guy on this site) have worked out I need to backup my files using ubuntu, format the computer and then reinstall the OS.

I don't have an external hard drive, but I found ubuntu allows me to use my iPhone in the same way. I have backed up most of my files now, but I cannot access the main folders;
Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Library, Movies, Music or Pictures and I get the following message:
"The Folder contents could not be displayed.

You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of "_____".

Another problem is to put these files back onto my newly formatted MacBook, I will have to access my iPhone using ubuntu, and I can't put items onto the Macintosh HD because I get the message; "Error while copying to '(name)'.

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Nov 28, 2010

Title says it all really! The test remains, however, and you can still go into each folder, as it is still selectable.

This is a new 17 inch Macbook, Time Machine restored from a 15 inch one (including system files).

where I can recover the icon files (I think I can copy and paste the icon files into the preview section on the get info window)? Or if there is another solution?

Three other things, if you happen to know the answer as well:

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Will this be sufficient to replace the hard drive in my uMBP (considering it is all Philips screws)

2. Do you know if the Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive can be restored using a clone, without slowdown consequences?

3. Do you know of any desktop images which, when selected to cycle for e.g. every 5 seconds, will create a cool effect? I'm thinking night and day scenes, identical images with different hues etc.

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Nov 15, 2008

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What size USB flash drive needed?

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Jun 27, 2009

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Nov 10, 2009

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Dec 11, 2009

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Dec 17, 2009

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Jan 23, 2010

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Mar 22, 2012

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This isn't a serious problem, I'm just wondering whether it's just my computer, or a bug in Lion.

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Apr 8, 2012

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