I backed up the contents of an old Macbook which was probably running 10.5.8 by copying
~/Documents to a network drive, right before the laptop died with the click-of-death, which probably indicates a failure of the hard-drive.
Fortunately all I care about on the old machine were the documents and pictures, but sadly, when I try and view the contents of those back-up folders in finder I get a pop-up window that says:
The folder "Pictures" can't be opened because you don't have permission to see it's contents.
I can open the directories in the terminal app and even dump the contents of the files to the console, so I don't think it's a unix permissions issue. And none of my googling has found a fix to my problem. Specifically, I get these errors when I try the various proposed solutions I've found so far:
>sudo chmod -N Pictures chmod: Failed to clear ACL on file Pictures: Operation not supported >sudo chown jdthorpe Pictures chown: Pictures: Operation not permitted
And if I highlight the file in Finder, click
cmd-I to view the file info and try and modify the
Sharing and Permissions, I get a error stating:
The operation cant be completed because you don't have the necessary permission.
Finally, DiskUtil won't reach the back-up folders since they're on a network drive.
In case it's useful, calling
ls -lash yields this entry:
0 drwxrw-r--@ 1 jdthorpe staff 264B Apr 16 2011 Pictures
Any help is greatly appreciated!
The network drive in question is a Western Digital My Book Live. This share that the data were stored on was set to
serve media and the directories I'm unable to access contained media files. Disabling
serve media did not fix this issue, but I can't help noticing that I do have access to backups of a different OSX machine stored on the on the same WD drive that were placed in a share that did not have
serve media enabled. The mystery continues...