Sos-desktop files deleted/system affected after restart

hello
A very strange "system failure" happend today.
I explain the way things happened:
1.firefox not responding
2.firefox restart
3.looked like firefox upgraded itself(not sure)
4.lost all bookmarks from the browser
5.decided to restart the powerbook
6.all system prefernces settings lost
7.MOST IMPORTANT-the system affected and all desktop files were deleted (or gone somewhere I still don't know).
note> I have tried the "bookmark recovery" for firefox. didn't work.
the thing that puzzles me more is the system's weird failure caused afterwards. why to delete the desktop files?
Last thought was to run a file recovery soft. but I don't have any installed, any suggestions?
Please, any insights are appreciated
thanx in advance
lambros

HI,
*"the thing that puzzles me more is the system's weird failure caused afterwards. why to delete the desktop files?"*
You need to boot from your install disk and check the hard disk using Disk Utility.
Insert Installer disk and Restart, holding down the "C" key until grey Apple appears.
Go to Installer menu (Panther and earlier) or Utilities menu (Tiger and later) and launch Disk Utility.
Select your HDD (manufacturer ID) in the left panel.
Select First Aid in the Main panel.
(Check S.M.A.R.T Status of HDD at the bottom of right panel. It should say: Verified)
Click Repair Disk on the bottom right.
If DU reports disk does not need repairs quit DU and restart.
If DU reports errors Repair again and again until DU reports disk is repaired.
When you are finished with DU, from the Menu Bar, select Utilities/Startup Manager.
Select your start up disk and click Restart
If you cannot boot from your install disk, try booting in Safe Mode
Did you repair the disk with DiskWarrior as mentioned here?
http://discussions.apple.com/message.jspa?messageID=1821781#1821781
*"Volume check failed.*
*Error: The underlying task reported failure on exit (-9972)"*
Did you repair disk then?
Carolyn

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