Hi. I am using an IMac running system 10.8.5. I am also using Dropbox version 2.4, which is the latest version.
I posted a message about this issue on Apple's forums earlier this year, but I never got a satisfactory response so I thought I'd post here.
My situation is this:
I have about forty folders in my Documents folder. One of the folders is my Dropbox folder. The Documents folder, and all the folders in it, are backed up to an external drive using Time Machine.
My problem is that when I've tried restoring some files from those folders using Time Machine, I get a permissions error. Specifically the error is: "The operation can’t be completed because you don’t have permission to access Name-of-file"-- where "Name-of-file" is the name of the specific file I'm trying to restore.
After I started getting the error, I tested restoring documents from most of the forty folders within the Documents folder and most restored fine, but I had errors with many, but not all, of the files in the Dropbox folder.
I also use a program called Scrivener and put most of its documents (the ones that aren’t in my Dropox folder) in a Scrivener Docs folder. The files in the Scrivener Docs folder also resulted in permissions errors when I tried restoring them from Time Machine.
I am the only person who uses my Mac and I've never manually restricted the permissions of any of the files. I'm also able to open, edit and save the latest versions of those files with no permissions errors. And I've looked at the Get Info panel for the different files in my Documents folder and I don't see any differences that would indicate why I'm getting errors with some files and not others.
Does anyone know what might be going on?
Because of this error, I have to be very careful never to choose Replace when restoring from Time Machine. When I do that and I get the error, Time Machine deletes the current version of the file and replaces it with a version that has an error and is unopenable.