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When starting my MacBook Pro this morning, Eclipse says:

Workspace in use or cannot be created, choose a different one

and Netbeans says:

The Source folder /Volumes/data/domains/... cannot be restored.

I have deleted the .lock file out of my metadata directory in the eclipse workspace, and afterwards restarted the computer, but still have the problem:

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In finder I can navigate to the workspaces no problem, those volumes are connected.

I am quite certain I didn't have Eclipse and Netbeans open when I closed the computer as I am aware that it causes these problems.

In configuration/.settings/org.eclipse.ui.ide.prefs I tried changing the RECENT_WORKSPACES entry but this didn't have any effect.

How can I get Eclipse and Netbeans to recognize their workspaces again?

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Have you mounted multiple volumes with the name "data"? What is the output of ls /Volumes? Have you tried selecting the workspace when prompted to do so in Eclipse (I have no experience using Netbeans)? – Daniel Beck Dec 6 '10 at 16:31
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The problem turned out to be that for some reason the volume name was changed from data to data-1, perhaps because it was offline and automatically renamed it. The solution was to disconnect (pulled cable), disconnect all, reboot, then data-1 was gone, then pointed Eclipse and Netbeans to data again and it worked.

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