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How To Access "Time Machine" files on peppermint
« on: March 03, 2019, 02:45:11 pm »
Thank you in advance for the help.

I need to access an old apple time machine backup to access a file that has recently become very important.  When i plug in the external hardrive, it mounts with no problem, but it gets weird after that.
I can open backups.backupdb > my imac > [dated folder] > macintosh HD > users > [my user]
BUT when I try to open the 'documents' folder (or any other folder from here), the folder is displayed with a red X on it and I get the message, "You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of '[Documents, or whatever folder]'".

how to I access my data?


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Re: How To Access "Time Machine" files on peppermint
« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2019, 05:11:45 pm »
Hi mick,

Have you attempted to do this with administrator privileges? That would probably work.

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Re: How To Access "Time Machine" files on peppermint
« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2019, 10:49:03 pm »
thank you slim.  how would i go about doing that?

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Re: How To Access "Time Machine" files on peppermint
« Reply #3 on: March 04, 2019, 03:59:17 am »
Hi mick,

This is very easy: just open the file manager Nemo and go to the last directory/folder that you are able to open and where the one that you are not able to open is visible. Now just "right-click" on this troublesome folder and (in the pop-up menu that appears) select Open as root. That should permit you to get to your important files and copy them to where you wish to have them.  8)

It is always good and safe form to only use this "Root" file manager for administrative purposes and not for simple daily file management tasks! It is too powerful and permits you to delete, change or move system files -- and for those who do not have a good knowledge of what that means: it means that you can quickly destroy your system!  ;)

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