The MacValley blog
Welcome to the MacValley blog, your first stop for all the latest MacValley news and views.
The MacValley blog
Editor: Tom Briant
Monday, March 28, 2016
I recently did a very dumb act. I tried to install a upgrade from 10.11.3 to 10.11.4 without first ensuring that I had an up to date backup.
I’m paying the consequences. Hunting down files and such.
I did install OS X 10.11.4 after erasing the old installation, but I made a mistake. I didn’t use the same user name as I used before. This locked me out of folders that I had easily accessed before.
Here’s how I regained access. No, it doesn’t require you to use arcane Terminal commands You will use Terminal, but only to see what your user name is now.
First, the situation. I wanted to access a copy of my Home (or User) folder made on 10-10-2015. This is what I saw when I tried to access my Music folder from my new OS X installation:
When you see that red badge on a folder, OS X has locked you out. It doesn’t recognize you. What?! It’s me! But you’re not the same “me” that created that folder.
So you need to right-cllicl or control-click on that folder (or go to the File Menu) and select Get Info:
Now here’s where I found my error. I clicked on Get Info and I opened Terminal, because the prompt in Terminal shows your user name:
Now as user “thomas” I have read and write privileges to the Music folder.
But wait! I’m not logged in as user “thomas”. I’m logged in as “thomasbriant”. As far as OS X is concerned, that’s a completely different user.
So how do I regain access?
First, click on the padlock in the lower right-hand corner of the Get Info window.
Second, click on the “+” sign in the lower left-hand corner of the Get Info window.
Aha! The user “thomasbriant” is listed. So click on that name and hit Select.
Now I have access. Admittedly, it’s read-only access, but at least I can access my Music folder.
And from here, if I click on the double-headed arrows immediately to the left of “read-only” I can upgrade my privileges to read and write.
Now I have full access to that Music folder and all its treasures:
You may disagree with my tastes in music, but you’ll see no red “access denied” badges on these folders!
So that’s how to gain access to an otherwise locked folder.
And always, Always, ALWAYS back up before you do an OS X upgrade. You never know when you might brick your machine.
Editor, MacValley Blog