I have an older Mac Pro in 10.11. After a minor update, I can no longer log into my main user account (which is a standard account) with all my files; the rotator goes indefinitely. I can log into any of the other accounts, including the Admin. I have tried safe boot, reset NVRAM, repairing with disk utility, repaired with DiskWarrior, then with Drive Genius 3, then with DiskWarrior again. I have a clone that was made before the minor update, and yet it behaves the same as the main HD. The HDs are fairly full, but there should be room enough. I was regularly logging into my user account right up to the time I did the update, and the clone shouldn't have that update.
This isn't a permanent solution, BUT it will let you recover your files.
- Login to your Admin account
- Open Terminal
chmod -R 777 /Users/username/
- Go to the directory that your user folders are stored in (
- Retrieve any files needed just using Finder.
- Delete user account.
- Login to your Admin Account
- Open System Preferences
- Click Users & Groups
- Click reset password on the user.
- Change password.