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I've restored my Mac OS X files to a different location, but I cannot find the files. Where are they?

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Posted: 23 Jun, 2008

When performing a backup of any mounted disk on Mac OS X , while the drive appears on the user's desktop according to the disk name, the actual mount point is under a hidden folder named "/Volumes".  Unfortunately, the /Volumes directory is hidden in Finder by default and, because BRU Server and BRU LE restore files exactly as they were backed up, the /Volumes folder will be hidden when it is restored.

Examples of files that reside under the /Volumes directory are external drives such as Xsan , FireWire , USB, SMB, AFS, NFS, SAS, eSATA, Fibre-Channel RAID devices, etcetera.

To locate the files after the restore has completed, you may either use the Finder's "Go to" command or the Terminal with the 'ls' (ell ess) command.

To use Finder to get to the newly restored files, press ⌘-SHIFT-G (command-shift-g).  When the "Go to..." window appears, type in the full path to the restore point and append /Volumes to the path. For example, if you restored your data to /Users/admin/Desktop, then the full path you need to enter is:

        /Users/admin/Desktop/Volumes/

Then press [ENTER] and you will see the contents of the previously hidden folder.  You may now move the restored data to a visible folder.

If you get an error, then check your path and make sure capital letters are used when needed as well as making sure that the full path to the files was entered correctly as well.  Using backslashes (\) instead of forward slashes (/) will make a significant difference.  Mac OS X is Unix based and therefore forward slashes must be used.

This is caused by BRU's faithful restore of the parent path's permissions and Finder attributes when your selected data is restored.

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