Since Lion & Restore can't open Excel files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by kimberleyallen, Jul 21, 2012.

  1. kimberleyallen macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2010
    I have recently installed Lion, which has caused me tons of problems. Apple support helped me to back up my entire hard drive to my Time Machine and then restore. I now have a new problem in that I can't open historical Excel Files (I have Office for Mac), new files are fine. When I try and open one I get the error message "The file may be read-only or you may be trying to access a read only location. Or the server the document is stored on may not be responding" I'm not sure whether this is because of Lion or because the files were backed up and moved. Anyone got any ideas? :)
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Do you get that message when trying to open it from the time machine volume or after its copied?

    Sounds in part like a permissions problem. I'd check who the owner of the file is.

    Highlight the file, select get info

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  3. kimberleyallen thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 31, 2010
    Permissions problem?

    No I get it when I try and open it from my hard drive (MacBookPro). I've checked the owner and I am the owner. It's just that all the contents of my hard drive were backed up to the time machine and then restored and I think that may have caused the problem. How do I sort out a permissions problem?

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