Volumes do not exist

cd Volumes

ls

Carrie Ext-1 Mac2 Play

Play is the actual HD .
Carrie is an external HD but it is not attached. It is unplugged, not there, off.
Ext-1 is an external HD but it is not attached. It is unplugged, not there, off. It is actually called something else.
Mac2 is an external HD but it is not attached. It is unplugged, not there, off. I think this is what Carrie now is.

When I run Grand Perspective to see what space is occupied and by what it tells me that many gb of data is in /Volumes/Ext-1/ but it does not report both the drives, just that one and the name is still wrong. I can rollover the graphics in Grand Perspective (GP) and it will tell me the images and file names. So it’s not just saying “10gb” it lists every single image.

I can cd to Mac2 and it tells me the directory ‘d2’ is there. cd ext-1 and it says ‘Pictures’ is there. How? They don’t exist. Nothing is mapped, shared, connected. I cann0t cd Carrie because it is not attached. But I can to 2 that do not exist? Weird.

Now, were this Leopard I could in some odd way begin to think it could be remembering old data. But this is Snow Leopard, clean install. No archiving. So it is obviously not a clean install because SL has knowledge of something it could not remember? Or it stores and then uses information on external HD – why load old names?

Reboot.

It does exactly the same thing.

From GP, open an image file. It does – a long list of them in Finder. Get Info /Volumes/Ext-1/Pictures/2006/10-10-2006 (it’s a pigeon). But how?

Here’s the problem – if I set up Time Machine it’s going to copy that which does not exist. And even if it does not, why is Mac OS 10.6.1 not getting a clue and removing that which does not exist? Time to go look (again) in the Apple forums for the solution to (yet another) problem caused by Apple’s very own operating system.

The next day … the answer … http://forums.macosxhints.com/showthread.php?t=92023

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