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08-11-2011, 06:46 PM
I'm using SD to clone Lion. Why is my User/Library folder missing on the cloned drive?

08-11-2011, 06:48 PM
It's not. Lion hides that folder.

08-11-2011, 07:02 PM
Thanks, I found a couple different little apps to use, rather than open terminal. Any that you recommend?

08-11-2011, 07:06 PM
If you simply use "Go To Folder" in Finder, you can open it (enter /Volumes/the-backup/Users/your-user/Library) without having to use anything funny.

On the startup drive, pull down Go and press Option and you'll see a Library entry.

08-11-2011, 07:13 PM
Excellent! Got it. Thanks Dave (for always teaching me!!)

02-09-2014, 05:06 PM
Hi Dave:
I've followed your instructions in his thread but have not been able to see my backed up User Library folder.
Scenario: 1 Mac running Mavericks, collapsed (seems like a serious memory problem, won't restore to bootable backup on external drive).
2nd Mac, running 10.7. Trying to extract files to. Most important folders (ao Documents) on the backup show up in Finder with a 'do not enter' sign on the folder name (thus cannot access), when searching for user library on the drive I get either a message that the folder cannot be found, or that the folder cannot be opened, because I am not authorized. I gave the user accounts on both machines the same user account name and the same password. That did not solve the problem. How do I get access to my backup drive and, in particular to the user library (20 years' mail!)? Help

02-09-2014, 05:16 PM
Sounds like you have a user with a different UID, and thus you can't access the data (the user "name" and "password" don't matter).

Turn ownership off for the drive (in Get Info for the volume) and you should be able to access the files, and then use Go To Folder as indicated above.