4 Replies Latest reply: Nov 23, 2012 5:31 AM by Carsten Falkenlind
Argon18 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

When I attempt to restore a folder to my desktop from the backup drive, Time Machine creates the folder, but doesn't restore the contents. Any suggestions?

Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,355 points)

    Hello, since nobody has replied yet...


    Have you looked through Pondini's extensive TM help site?





    I can't imagine anything TMwise not covered.

  • Argon18 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I wasn't aware of Pondini but have looked through it. I discovered that by going to Get Info and unlocking the hard drive and all of its subfolders (time consuming, I know), that I could restore everything without the error message. I still don't know why I got the message, it was never a problem previously.


    Thank you.

  • BDAqua Level 10 Level 10 (119,355 points)

    Thanks, good work!

  • Carsten Falkenlind Level 1 Level 1 (15 points)

    For any one who might be in the same spot:


    Just paid apple support for solving this Q.

    They did.

    And...yes, its a matter of disc permissions.

    The problem is easily solved.


    In finder, select the time machine disc.

    The first folder you´ll see should read something like:


    select it and view its info.

    In the buttom, you´ll see the permission-field

    Your name(as administrator) will have to be there. If its not, click the + below, and select yourself from the menu.

    Make it "read & write"

    Now, with "you" selected, click the little wheel below, and click "use on subfolders" (or something like that).

    Your done :-)

    Now, the disc will begin changing  the permissions on all the files...might take a while...


    Happy recovery :-)