You say there are “just the shadow of the folders in my user acct folder”.
What exactly do you mean by this?
Are they “greyed-out”, empty folders?
Or… something else…?
You need to clarify.
Show us a pic.
Here’s how I’d do it, and keep your original username:
WARNING! You MUST be backed up first!
I recommend that you print out this reply for reference.
1. Create a new, temporary user account. Give it a temporary name and password.
MAKE SURE you give this administrative privileges.
2. Log out of your regular account (the one that is messed up) and into the temp502 account.
3. Go to users and groups and DELETE the regular account completely. Don’t “archive” it, DELETE it.
4. Now the only account is “temp502” occupying the UserID space “502” and the UserID space “501” is empty (because you just deleted the account that formerly occupied it). I’d suggest you reboot at this point, and get logged into temp502 again.
5. Create a NEW administrative account. User your original username and password. This should “drop into” the “501” space, just as the old one did.
6. This new account should have all the folders that normally exist in their proper places (i.e., “desktop”, “documents”, “music”, “movies”, etc. Of course there will be nothing in them, YET.
7. Connect your cloned backup. Let the disk icon mount on the desktop.
DO NOT OPEN THE ICON YET.
8. Click ONE TIME on the drive icon, then bring up the “get info” box (command-i)
9. At the bottom of get info, click the lock and enter your password (the one you’ll be using for your newly-created account).
10. Put a check into “ignore ownership on this volume” (sharing and permissions)
11. Close get info.
Now you can copy almost anything from the backup, and whatever you copy will automatically come under the ownership of your NEW account.
IMPORTANT TO KNOW ABOUT WHAT TO DO NEXT:
You CANNOT copy the “first level of folders” in your [old] account (on the backup) into the new account.
By “first level of folders” I mean those named “desktop”, “documents”, “music”, “movies”, etc.
However, you CAN copy stuff that IS INSIDE OF these folders (they can be loose files or folders “nested” inside).
For example, I’ll use the desktop folder.
You need to
a. open your user account on the backup, open the desktop folder
b. select items INSIDE OF the desktop folder (can be files or folders)
c. copy them into the “desktop” folder on the NEW account on the internal drive.
Once you try this, you will immediately see what I mean.
I would work “one folder at a time”.
Copy the stuff, open some things, see that things look ok, then move on to the next folder.
You have a lot of work to do.
Not overly difficult (if it was difficult, I couldn’t DO it), but methodical and tedious.
KEEP WRITTEN NOTES.
When done, your new account should be pretty much like the old one was BEFORE you tried moving these things around.
I would recommend that you NEVER again attempt fooling with the arrangement of “primary folders” within your home folder.
Just “let things be”.