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Can't restore MP3s from a Time Machine backup to new Macbook Pro running Lion


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I recently purchased a new Macbook Pro, and have successfully installed Lion on it. (It had Snow Leopard coming out of the box.) I restored successfully from a Time Machine backup that was done on Leopard, on my old Macbook that died in June. However, for some reason the iTunes music folder didn't have any MP3s - it had all the folders (bands, albums, etc.), but all but a few folders were empty. (I think I restored maybe 60 MP3s total.)

The MP3s *are* on an earlier backup. But the Time Machine isn't allowing me to access/restore from any of the older backups. I opened the backup in a Finder window, but when I try to copy the "iTunes Music" folder from the backup to the MBP, it denies me permission. Ditto with the individual folders within. I *can* copy the individual MP3s, but with well over 10,000 MP3s, this is not a very good option!

Any ideas as to why I can't access the earlier backups in Time Machine, or why I'm not being allowed to copy the iTunes folder to the MBP?
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Have you tried using Migration Assistant to port all of the needed data over from the Time Machine backup? I've found that's usually a lot easier.

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having the same problem if I try to use Migration Assistant - getting a message saying I don't have permission.
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Have you tried running Verify/Repair Permissions against the Time Machine drive, using Disk Utility?

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problem resolved - spoke with AppleCare, advised to drag the iTunes music file from the back up disk to the Library in iTunes itself. This worked.
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