Just spent some time yak shaving when my powerbook stopped booting beyoond a spinning wheel of death. Finally ended up doing a clean install of Mavericks from a boot disc. A few years of installing software with various untested combinations of package managers like fink, macports and homebrew may have mucked up the OS a good bit.
At any rate – expected to be able to restore at least the files (not the tainted OS) from a Time Capsule, but it was not happening. Nothin but black screens and “drive inaccessible” messages. Most of the files and directories were backed up individually on other drives, but just to be prudent (and to avoid re-doing a small bit of work) I took the Time Capsule to my friends at Palafox Computers here in Pensacola.
All they had to do was reset the permissions on the Time Capsule.
To restore items from the (hidden) Time Capsule User -> Library I’m finding it easiest to open it via the terminal like:
mikes-mbp:~ mikekilmer$ cd /Volumes
mikes-mbp:Volumes mikekilmer$ pwd
mikes-mbp:Volumes mikekilmer$ ls
Data Time Machine Backups
mikes-mbp:Volumes mikekilmer$ cd Time\ Machine\ Backups/
mikes-mbp:Time Machine Backups mikekilmer$ ls
mikes-mbp:Time Machine Backups mikekilmer$ cd Backups.backupdb/
mikes-mbp:Backups.backupdb mikekilmer$ ls
Mike’s MacBook Pro
mikes-mbp:Backups.backupdb mikekilmer$ cd Mike’s\ MacBook\ Pro/
mikes-mbp:Mike’s MacBook Pro mikekilmer$ ls
mikes-mbp:Mike’s MacBook Pro mikekilmer$ cd 2014-12-21-230249/
mikes-mbp:2014-12-21-230249 mikekilmer$ ls
mikes-mbp:2014-12-21-230249 mikekilmer$ cd Jan2014ReVersion/Users/mikekilmer/Library/
mikes-mbp:Library mikekilmer$ cd ../
mikes-mbp:mikekilmer mikekilmer$ open Library
Which opens the saved Library folder in finder so I can drag and drop files to copy/restore.