Accesss to home (FileVault0 folder lost after cascading permissions

Running OSX 10.5.8 on a MacBook Pro with FileVault enabled

I cascaded read/ write permissions to my home folder

Now I have lost access to the home folder.

I can copy the sparsebundle file which has read/ write permissions but when I mount it, it tells me I have insufficient permissiosn to access it

Any ideas on how to get access to my old home folder data, ideally to reactivate that account or otherwise to create a new account and then copy over the data

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I believe you are going to have use one of three ,to resolve your inability
to access your Home Folder.  
Now one disclaimer: I would be remiss, if I did not point out that because you have activated FileVault, if I understand your question correctly, these procedures (due to FileVault's encryption functionality) may not allow files from your locked Home folder still may not be retrieved. But I think it will still be worth it for you to try.  

And not to worry, you won't lose any of your files with these procedures- they are just processes to help you retrieve the files you need from your Home folder. Then,  I recommend you create a new user admin account and migrate those recovered files over to that new user account.

Procedure 1:

Use Migration Assistant: Allows you to connect two computers via Firewire and transfer files. This is a good way to remove files from your Home Folder.

Link: Using Migration Assistant

If this is not effective, you can use Target Disk Mode

Use Target Disk Mode: If you can do this, you will need another Mac and a Firewire cable.
Link:  Running Target Disk Mode

Just click the link above, and follow the procedure for performing the Target Disk Mode (TDM) where your Mac with the affected Home folder, is the targeted disk and your other Mac is the host computer.  

The benefit of using TDM, is that when it is running using your Mac like that of an external hard drive, all the files and folders, even your inaccessible Home folder are accessible, because with TDM, all permissions are ineffective, thereby granting you full access to those much needed files and folders.

My other recommendation for this issue, should either of the previous procedures fail to allow you to access your locked Home Folder, is to use the Archive and Install procedure to resolve this issue.  
Procedure #2:
What this process consists of (using your Mac OS X install disc), is removing the damaged or corrupted Mac OS X directory and replacing it with a brand new directory.  
 This procedure also allows you to save your applications, files and folders without the old directory interfering with you then accessing those files.  

Link: Archive and Install for Mac OS X 10.5 Leopard

You should also access this link after you run an Archive and Install
How to locate Previous System Folder (after Archive and Install)  


Let me know if this helps.



Paul197466Author Commented:
Many thanks for this

In the end the only thinkt hat worked was turning off File Vault and then turning it back on again

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