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Can't restore all my desktop files from time machine!


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I accidentally cancelled the time machine restore process on my desktop folder during the middle of it, which left me with an empty desktop. I then tried to go back into the time machine again to restore my old desktop, but after a while it comes up with the error message:

"The operation can't be completed because you don't have permission to modify 'Desktop'."

I'm logged in as admin, I typed in the correct password, and I don't have any weird modifications to my system - very standard.

Like a lot of people, I've got ALL of my important work on my desktop. Please help - how do I recover it?
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Well I've discovered a workaround. Just individually select the files on the backed up desktop and restore them that way. I'm still confused and slightly concerned that I can't back up the desktop directly, but at least I've got my files back again. Hope this helps someone in the future.
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Glad to hear you recovered OK. I usually do not recommend keeping a lot of files or folders on the desktop for several reasons:

1. They can be easily accidentally erased or moved.

2. Lots of files and folders on the desktop while convenient, can delay the boot up process and generally slows things down.

If you're a former Windows user, keeping a lot of stuff on the desktop is a habit that's hard to break.
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Thanks chscag. To say I was relieved when I discovered this simple solution is an understatement!

I keeping my files on my desktop, especially my active projects, to prevent the out of sight, out of mind syndrome. But also I find it more efficient to have things spatially organised rather than hierarchically.

I'm probably not as organised as you chscag!
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Not a problem, we all don't do things the same way. Anyway, as I stated, glad you recovered. Have fun and visit often.
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