BRIEF SUMMARY for the TL;DR crowd: How do I permanently unlock an old User Account on my Time Machine backup? For a number of reasons, I decided NOT to use Time Machine to restore my machine; instead I restored from a bootable backup I had. I "reused" the Time Machine disk with the new user account, and it works fine. I can also enter time machine to view my older files from before "the incident". But the folders in my old user account are locked. Specifically, I need some things from my 30 gigabyte Documents folder. There is one easy (but time-consuming) work-around. Even though I don't have permission to VIEW the files in the old documents folder, I can still "Restore" it. Then, I just choose to keep BOTH the old document folder (my new one) and the one I just restored. Now that I've got it in the Finder, I can use Get Info to change permissions and give myself access. But if I ever want to go back and get something from my old User folder, I have to restore 30+ gigs every single time, because until I have the whole folder in the finder (which means I have to restore the whole thing), I can't change permissions. (yes, I could keep an unlocked copy lying around on my hard drive, but if that copy is from May 9, it doesn't help me very much if I needed a file that used to be there on February 15, which is why we have Time Machine in the first place). Thanks in advance.