"Sufficient Access Privileges"

Discussion in 'iMac' started by chadwik147, Apr 10, 2010.

  1. chadwik147 macrumors newbie

    May 29, 2009
    I have a white iMac from 2006, i was starting to have a lot of trouble with it, like many, when i upgraded to leopard. Finally after six months or so, i decided enough was enough and downgraded to Tiger through archive and install.

    They put my files like pictures and music into a folder, named "Previous System". However those files are locked and pop a message stating that I do not have "Sufficient Access Privileges"

    Anyone know of a solution or way around this.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. TXbug macrumors member


    Aug 24, 2009
    Austin, Texas
    Open a terminal session and cd to the folder "Previous System". You want to change the permissions of the files in that folder. First use the ls -l command to see the owner, group and file permissions. If it lists you as the owner and your default group as the group, then

    chmod 644 *

    If you are not the owner and your group is not the group listed, then either su to root and

    chown username.group *
    chmod 644 *


    sudo chown username.group *
    chmod 644 *

    where username is your short name and group is your default group name.

    Now you should be able to access your files.

Share This Page