do not have sufficient access privileges

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  1. littlewinsnes, Jan 27, 2011
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    littlewinsnes macrumors newbie

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    I backed up my computer on Timemachine, and I deleted everything on the computer to start again. I wanted to start on "scratch", because I had some problems with iTunes and other programs. I did not do a installation of everything, but wanted to customize. But now I get this message: The folder (Desctop, Documents, Downloads, Liberary, Music, Movies, and pictures)could not be opened because you do not have sufficient access privileges.

    What do I do?? I need to access these folders to get all the data copied to the computer. I have OSX 10.5.8. HELP!!! Thank you

    Another Question. Where are all the e-mails stored on mac mail? I need to access those I had before i restored the computer.
     
  2. Damo01 macrumors regular

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    Have you tried using Migration Assistant?

    From my experience, there are nasty things from Time Machine that some privileges can not be access by admin privilege, but with root privileges maybe.

    Have a look this website
     
  3. littlewinsnes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hi again. I am pretty green at this stuff. So can anyone please give me a step by step procedure how to access those files that I don´t have privileges for? I need to access my photos, my old e-mails, my music etc, so I need the step by step to access them and copy them into my computer. Thank you.
    I bought the Data Backup program, but I don´t know how to use that to access those files I cannot access and copy them into my mac.
     
  4. Damo01 macrumors regular

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    You can trying using the chmod command in terminal. What this chmod command do will change the permission of a file or folder.

    open up terminal and type in this

    Code:
    sudo chmod  777 PATH <filename>  
     
  5. littlewinsnes, Jan 31, 2011
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    littlewinsnes thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Tried to put in the whole foler title; sudo chmod 777 PATH /Voumes/TimeMachine/Backups.bakupdb/.....iMac/date/Mac HD/Users/.......

    What came up was "No such file or directory". I was trying to open the desktop

    Then I tried just sudo chmod 777 PATH Desktop and the same came up. What should I do? Where do I find the name of the file I am going to open? It is not just the desktop, but the desktop that was saved 3. January 2011. Thank you

    I am pretty green at this, so it would be great to get a step-by-step. My goal is to copy my desktop, documents, downloads, library, movies, music and pictures folders onto my mac from a TimeMachine backup on an external drive that was made the 3rd of January. When I press the folders they give me the command "The folder "Desktop" could not be opened because you do not have sufficient access privileges." I also wonder where my iWeb pages are automatically saved here. Again, thank you guys for helpeing.
     
  6. Damo01 macrumors regular

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    Sorry, but you don't write word PATH in the terminal because it come up a syntax error. but replace PATH with actual path location .
    Code:
    /Voumes/TimeMachine/Backups.bakupdb/
    is the path location to your Time Machine or wherever photos is located in Time Machine.


    Code:
    sudo chmod 777 /Voumes/TimeMachine/Backups.bakupdb/???/???/photos
    replace question marks with the actual correct path location. Or you could just use the cd command, which will change directory(folder) path you already in to directory (folder) where photos are in and just go

    Code:
    sudo chmod 777 filename
    replace filename with the actual name of photo.
     
  7. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    On a side note, changing permissions via terminal commands is an excellent way to wind up with an unbootable system if you don't understand what you are doing.
     
  8. flat five macrumors 601

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    you can manually change the permissions of each of the folders without using terminal.. maybe a little time consuming but it will get the job done..

    go Macintosh HD/ Users/ (your user name)..
    and you'll see all the folders you're having problems with

    right click on one then select Get Info

    at the bottom of the get info panel, you'll see sharing&permissions.. your user permissions are probably set to write only but change it to Read & Write

    do that for all the folders.
     
  9. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    Good idea! Doing it via finder is much safer than terminal - you're less likely to mess up the whole disk.
     

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