Can't access files saved on external drive Time Machine

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Barnum, Mar 28, 2011.

  1. Barnum macrumors newbie

    Sep 4, 2008
    I had a computer die on me back in June 2010 but I saved its contents on an external hard drive via time machine. There are some documents and pictures I want on this hard drive but I'm unable to find them on my new computer using the finder and when I double click the folders (let's say…Documents) in the Users folders I get the message "The folder “Documents” can’t be opened because you don’t have permission to see its contents."

    How do I find and get access to the files I want?
  2. satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    /Applications/Utilities/Migration Assistant . Try it and see if can import the data.
  3. 0hy3ah macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2011
    Did you use file vault on the other machine? I had the same problem/message when trying to acess time machine files when I had backed up using file vault/encrypted files. How to fix? IDK, sorry!


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