where do downloads go if... default directory

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barry michael warne

Sep 23, 2023, 10:18:15 PM9/23/23
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i have been downloading a ton of files when I realized that I had in error when i changed the hard drive name and thus the default download folder I had specified in the co-app behaviors field no longer exists. i find it odd that chrome, the macOS, or VDH did not alert me to this. 

since there are a large number of files involved in my erroneous mistake, and they are large files I would think I could locate them. 

does chrome for macOS 13.4 and chrome Version 118.0.5993.21 have a default temp cache like place I should look so i can find them? i have scoured and searched for many hours.  

please help if anyone knows.

this error by occurred inadvertently by using an older instance of chrome that i hadn't in a long time the software was current, the profile / person / identity is what is out of date. therein the behaviors panel where i have set where i want the downloads to go is defined to a 'now' non-existent directory. albeit at one time it did, today it does not. 

i have this set correctly in the same browser [chrome] under a different identity [person]. 

i spent a day downloading in the fashion before became aware of my error. one would think that there is some sort of cache / temporary location they may have been sent to but i can't find any such place on my system, hard drives, in the VDH support forum [which is a full day also here looking]. i have not been successful in finding out how i may locate them in google chrome docs either. 

if anyone reads this and has recovered from such, or like, and has a tip for me to find them with the idea i could spend a day to save a day or 2/3, etc. I will be forever grateful. 

i have not cleard temp files, nor hwsitory etc. wioth the hope those track me back to reco recover my hard work. 

one can only hope.

thank you in advance.

macOS 13.4

Version 118.0.5993.21 (Official Build)

VDH with Co-app always on
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Found companion app: VdhCoApp 1.6.3


Sep 24, 2023, 1:34:09 AM9/24/23
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I don't have a mac but  have you looked in the last place they would have gone to if you do another download. Once the download is done
don't close the tab. Instead go back in the VDH menu and follow the screenshots.

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Wild Willy

Sep 24, 2023, 4:07:12 AM9/24/23
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What mjs has offered should be a great help. It's possible that some part of the
discussion over here might also help:


You say your usual target directory no longer exists. It's possible VDH recreated that
directory. Possible. Not necessarily, but possible. Possibly on a drive other than the
original one, meaning a directory by the same name with a different drive letter. Maybe.
Might be worth eliminating as a possibility.

There would be no caching. Since it's the extension (actually the CoApp) that does the
download, the browser would not have cached anything relevant, nor would its history be
of any help. Yours is a perfect argument for a persistent activity log in VDH. We've
been asking for that for years. So far, there's been not the slightest movement towards
giving us that.

barry michael warne

Sep 25, 2023, 11:03:13 AM9/25/23
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I believe I have exhausted that resurface resource, but I will go through that analogy as you have stated, and just double check I really appreciate your reply.  

What’s so interesting is where I have tested is to go see if it created. Let Director of Riches in Mac like thing to do and it’s not available it doesn’t exist and there’s no errors about that either.  so it’s a Karen conundrum.

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