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I was unable to drag and drop any files in the of hierachy of time machine folders because it resulted inhe follwoing error pop-up:

 

"The operation can't be completed because backup items can't be modified." Click "OK."

 

I can't use Disk Utility Restore because I can't select the source files/folders.

 

Is there any other way besides enabling Root User through /System/Library/CoreServices/Directory Utility.App or via terminal with sudo?

 

This was the only way I could drag and drop any folders from deeper down the folder hierarchy of Backups.backupdb. I could not copy or create a disk img anything from within Backups.backupdb. Enabling Root User still did not allow me to drag and drop Backups.backupdb in its entirety.

 

Thank you for your adivce.

 

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  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)

    See Pondini's TM FAQs, for starters. IMO, there's never a good reason to enable the root user account, since almost everything can be done using sudo or su in the Terminal.

    27&quot; i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2
  • ds store Level 7 Level 7 (30,305 points)

    TimeMachine is a newbie backup system with safeguards, if you want more control you need a bootable clone.

     

    Most commonly used backup methods

  • baltwo Level 9 Level 9 (59,150 points)

    Hmm! I would have thought that Viewing and Restoring via the Finder would have done the trick. I don't use TM, so you'll have to await a TM guru to pop in.

     

    BTW, since this isn't a classroom, acting like the school marm won't get you any attention. If the advice doesn't fit, say so and leave your helpful or not so helpful pedantic comments on the cutting room floor.

    27&quot; i7 iMac SL, Lion, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4), G4 450 MP w/Leopard, 9.2.2

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