Can't access Time Machine backup "locally"

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by s1w, Oct 23, 2009.

  1. s1w macrumors member

    Aug 10, 2008
    I've switched my external HD from local to my Airport Extreme. I have to start a new backup since you can't move the location of the drive like that and use the same backup.

    So, since I can hook the HD up locally to browse it for old files I'm fine with it but when locally looking at the folders on the external HD over USB I get a small red badge icon on the folder with a "-" sign in it as well as not being able to open any of the folders. What gives?

    Is there a security setting on the folders? It's all my data from the same machine. How can I get these folders to open?
  2. Ashka macrumors 6502a


    Aug 9, 2008
    New Zealand
    Always use or check Time Machine backups through the Time Machine app.
    Opening and mucking about with them in Finder can corrupt the lot.

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