I have recently done a clean install of El Capitan, having backed up files on Time Machine. However, there is something wrong with the time machine backup: when I enter time machine it won't list the old backup, only the one that I did after the clean install. (I think there's a problem with the drive I'm using.) However, the files are all there, so I can copy them to my hard drive using the cp command in the terminal.
However, if I try
cp -r /Volumes/TimeMachine/.../Documents/* Documents
all the files appear with today's time stamp, which is not very helpful.
If on the other hand I enter
cp -pr /Volumes/TimeMachine/.../Documents/* Documents
I get the correct time stamps, but I also get the level of protection that Time Machine has - which is to say I can't edit anything I copied!
Does anyone know whether there's a way to preserve time stamps, but not this extreme level of protection?