Cannot read from TimeMachine backup

Discussion in 'macOS Mojave (10.14)' started by Tex-Twil, Dec 13, 2018.

  1. Tex-Twil macrumors 68020

    Tex-Twil

    Joined:
    May 28, 2008
    Location:
    Berlin
    #1
    Hi,
    I have a TimeMachine on an external disk and a freshly installed macOS. I don't want to restore the entire TM backup but just pickup some files.

    I noticed that I can copy the files and folder using Finder but other apps can't even read the Backups.backupdb folder.

    When using Terminal:

    Code:
    $ whoami
    jan
    Code:
    ll /Volumes/TimeMachine
    total 216
    dr-xr-xr-x+ 6 jan  staff     204 Apr 22  2018 Backups.backupdb
    -rwxr-xr-x@ 1 jan  staff  107524 Feb 27  2018 tmbootpicker.efi
    Code:
    ll /Volumes/TimeMachine/Backups.backupdb/
    ls: : Operation not permitted
    
    sudo ls  /Volumes/TimeMachine/Backups.backupdb/
    ls: : Operation not permitted
    
    How come that the user cannot read or list the folder contents even if it has the R and X permissions?
     
  2. Howard2k macrumors 68000

    Howard2k

    Joined:
    Mar 10, 2016
    #2
    I’m not sure of the answer but I’m assuming you’ve tried to open the drive with Time Machine directly as opposed to trying to directly access the files?
     
  3. HenryAZ macrumors 6502a

    HenryAZ

    Joined:
    Jan 9, 2010
    Location:
    South Congress AZ
    #3
    Couldn't you use Migration Assistant (found in Utilities) to migrate the files you want from the TM backup? If Migration Assistant cannot read the backup either, then there would seem to be something corrupt about the backup.
     

Share This Page