14 Replies Latest reply: Sep 29, 2015 10:00 AM by macdaddysolutions
Murgy1 Level 1 (0 points)

What would be a quick way to change permissions on 33 TM backup dates?  All I'm interested in is the Documents folders.


My new laptop has a different user ID than the one it replaced. I am unable to view the contents of my Users/oldUserID folders in any of the TM backups. I realize TM won't restore to a different computer so wish to copy some older Documents folders to the new computer. I am missing some files which may have not been in the Time Machine backup Migration Assistant used when the new laptop was set up at the Apple Store last year. I was able to change permissions for one userID directory in one TM backup but not for the subdirectories. I thought it would take less time to change permissions for the entire TM backup folder for the old laptop. I was wrong. In Get Info > Sharing & Permissions for the TM backups of the main MacBook folder the Names are greyed out and one says "Fetching...".

What does "fetching" mean wrt users on a directory tree?  Is it looking for all the users? How long should that take? Folder contains 990 GB, computer sleep=Never. This has taken over 24 hours and I have no idea what, if any, progress is being made with the fetching or with my attempting to change permissions down the directory tree.


System is using MacOS X.8.4


Message was edited by: Murgy1

MacBook Pro (13-inch Late 2011), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)