Time Machine Permission Error "fetching". Please help.


macrumors 604
Original poster
Mar 11, 2013

I did a fresh install of Mavericks and have accessed my time machine many times since then. Tonight I tried to access it as usual, but all of a sudden I cannot access any files.

It says I don't have permission...nothing has changed!? "The folder “Pictures” can’t be opened because you don’t have permission to see its contents."

I have done ALOT of research, even on these forums, and have tired advice from all over, but it didn't work. The permission says "fetching".

I have tried to add me in the get info tab....Nothing shows up
I have tried to delete the "fetching" acount....It won't die
I went to my Users and Groups and my Group is, by default, set to "staff."
I tried to "verify disk" in Disk Utitlity..it didn't help.

Please help me...I have done NOTHING different, not even an OSX update since I accessed my TM a few days ago. Please help me.


macrumors newbie
Apr 14, 2014

I am having the same problem. I really need some files that are within a TM backup from March of this year and it will not let me access the User folders [Music, Pictures, etc]. Tried chmod in terminal and a few other things too but to no avail.

An important detail for me is that I recently did a clean re-install of Mavericks and named my computer something different. I'm not sure but this seems to have a big part in all of this.

If anyone has the answer to this PLEASE HELP!!!
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