Recover Data After OS X Backup Items Cannot Be Modified Error

Losing files is not likely to happen during migration of Mac machine due to availability of Time machine. Still some users face data loss situation unpredictably. Just like this…

I got a new MacBook and used migration assistant. While doing so I might have done something wrong and that’s why a complete new user profile is created. All files, apps, settings, the whole thing is put under this new user. I have access to my initial user that I set-up previously but don’t have credentials for this one, so I am unable to access data stored in this new user account. I have copied iPhoto library and all my files onto an external hard drive but I can’t access that drive on my computer. I got an error message stated that “operation can't be completed because backup items can't be modified”. How can I restore my data from backup?”.

When you try to delete or move/copy files on Mac machines then the error “this action cannot be completed because backup items cannot be modified” comes up, if OS X has any permission issues. So run Disk Utility to repair permissions on OS X.

How to use disk utility to repair error backup items cannot be modified?

  • Restart your Macbook
  • Connect your external drive
  • Hold Command and R keys
  • Disk Utility window pops up
  • Select First Aid
  • On left, click on your external hard drive
  • Select Show details check box
  • Click on Repair Disk
  • If Utility finds any error, repeat Repair Disk step
  • Close Disk Utility when you see the message ‘The volume/drive xxx appears to be ok’

Still, if the error OS X backup items cannot be modified persists then try to connect your external disk to another Mac Machine and backup entire data. At last reformat the disk on your Macintosh.

If you cannot backup files from external drive on another system or still you face the same error the operation cannot be completed because backup items cannot be modified, then you have to make use of trusted and effective data recovery solution to save your external drive data.

Wondering which program should I use now? Then here it is- Yodot Mac Data Recovery. Just try below mentioned step by step guidance and save your files present on external drive.

  • Click the Download Now button present in this page
  • Follow screened commands
  • Connect your external drive
  • Opt Volumes Recovery
  • Pick the attached drive from list
  • Choose Standard Scan option
  • Click Skip or Mark All button
  • Have a look at File Type View or Data View
  • Select files that you wish to restore
  • Save them safely on system drive

Why Yodot when facing OS X backup items cannot be modified error?

Yodot Mac Data Recovery program can effortlessly recover data in instances when your Macintosh shows errors like - time machine backup items cannot be modified, invalid B tree node size Mac OS X, backup volume could not be mounted etc. The tool has strong scanning module that makes recovery process most effective and your Mac machine will be intact. Apart from restoring data on error screening OS X, the utility helps you to recover deleted as well lost data from frozen, formatted, reformatted, inaccessible or damaged Mac disks. You can run the software on all editions of Mac (including Sierra) to retrieve files from FAT16, FAT32, HFS+, HFSX and HFS formatted hard disks. You can employ the application for data restoration on all storage spaces like hard disk (internal and portable), media cards, USB, Pen drive, Firewire etc without any doubt.

Tips to secure your OS X:

  • Frequently check and resolve trivial issues on Mac
  • Follow proper way to accomplish foremost actions on your Macintosh