FIX: Pro Tools “You do not have appropriate access privileges (-5000)”
Oh, yes, you do!
A friend gave me a Pro Tools session on a thumb drive. I copied the entire session folder to my external hard drive and opened it. After changing the routing to work on my system, everything played back fine. Then I tried to clean up the session.
Every time I attempted to cross fade or consolidate an audio or MIDI region, I would get an error like this:
Seeing the “access privileges” bit, I figured the problem was probably an operating system issue, not a Pro Tools thing. The session files were indeed set to â€˜Read Only,’ which is why I could play back the session, but couldn’t do anything to the regions or fades.
Here’s how to fix the issue.
- Close the session. You shouldn’t have your Pro Tools session open while changing its permissions.
- Select the session folder in Finder. Make sure the session folder is highlighted, not the files inside the session.
- Get Info. Hit Command-I (capital i) or from the Finder menu select File > Get Info. An Info window will pop open.
- Change all privileges to â€˜Read & Write.’ At the very bottom of the Info window is a box with a list of users and their privileges. They should all be set to â€˜Read & Write.’ You may be asked for user password to unlock and verify the change.
- Close the Info window. After making the privilege changes, try reopening your Pro Tools session and editing some regions. If you can, this fix worked for you.
Why does this error occur?
Many common problems that Macs develop are related to file permissions errors. Files are given various permissions to maintain privacy between computer users and prevent users from easily messing up the operating system.
Permissions can get wrecked when disks are removed without being ejected and during unexpected shut downs. That’s why it is important always to try to eject disks and shut down your Mac properly.
Permissions can also get messed up during copying and moving of files or while installing software. That appears to be why I experienced this error. During the copying of the files, the permissions were never changed to grant me access. Simple problem, simple fix.
After encountering this problem on several other sessions, I tried another method and found a better (and probably more proper) solution. Try this in addition to or instead of the above fix:
In the problematic Pro Tools session, pop open the Disk Allocation dialog (Setup > Disk Allocationâ€¦).
When the dialog window opens, you’ll be presented with a list of all the tracks in your session and the location where that track should be located. If you’re having problems creating fade files and getting the sort of error that brought you to this page, then you’ll probably see something like the picture below.
As you can see, not all of the tracks had their disk allocation pointing to the right place. To fix them, select all of the incorrectly allocated tracks, then click and hold the little up/down arrows on the right hand side. A little window will appear and ask you to select a folder. In my case, the session file was looking on my internal system drive instead of my external audio drive. Choose the correct location of your session files and click OK. That should solve the issue. Let me know if this worked for you.37 Comments >
Thanks man, that last thing saved my session.
Great! Hope the session went well after that.
Worked great, really appreciate it !
You can change permissions while the protools session is open. Thanks for all your help again and you are great!
Thanks for the tip, Allon! That sure makes it easier.
Thank you the update worked!
Excellent! Hope it helps your recording sessions!
Thank you! I was having this exact problem, and the disk allocation was the issue. I never would have thought to look there if not for your instructions.
Glad it worked for you, Sean!
Thanks much Scott! disc allocation was the issue also.now it’s working perfectly
Work Great, Thanks Scott!!
Hi Scott, Thanks for the tip.
Unfortunately I don’t have the option to change this setting and it says “you can only read this file” Help please
Are you trying to change it in the OS or in Pro Tools?
I have zipped files that were sent to me via wetransfer.com. when trying to open it wont open but I was able to get all of the individual wave files. but how do I unzip it and open the actual session in pro tools? it will not let me
Wish I could help you with that. Hard to say what might be the problem. Have you tried redownloading from retransfer? Perhaps the file was borked in the download process.
update worked for me, great tip, unsung hero of the DAW world, Thank you.
Thank u this worked big time!!!!! (The second)
Thanks alot bro that just saved my world
This helped BUT I am getting this error when trying to create a NEW session and when i go to setup i cannot choose ‘disk allocation’ to tell it where to work from! I am new to protools and finding this very frustrating as i want to get going on a new session!Thanks Chris
Chris, when you try creating a new session, PT should ask you where you want to create the new session. What disk and what location are you choosing then? And do you have another disk you can try saving to?
Thanks you much for this, it really help to solved my problems…
Disk allocation – You just saved me a whole two days worth of work!!! thank you!!
Good news, Darin, I’ll only charge you for 1 day of work.
Many thanks. The first suggestion worked like a charm.
Tried changing permissions on the session folder, all drives/folders above & below it in the chain, all say “read & write” & all of the folders in Disk Allocation are sending to the write place. But for some strange reason, a session I’ve already put a ton of work into won’t allow me to write a new file.
Alex, if none of that worked for you, you could try creating a new session from that session. Try the “Save Copy In” function. Here’s a video that demonstrates it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5QPuPNNaAvY
Thank you Scott, the second option was a huge help!
Solved! Thanks, all the best from the Amsterdam based ‘Percussion Today Home Studio’ 🙂
Happy to hear it worked for you, Jeroen!
Dude that was it …I could not edit do sa cross fade so i was stuck with clicks and it was driving me nuts all theses peeps saying fix this n that ..your advice did the trick dick allocation re direct to external hard drive …I’ve noticed quite often my mac starts putting files on the internal drives and causes me a lot of frustration when voc files over dubs are missing ? Anyway cheers .
It works, thanks for the Tip ! 🙂
I used the second option. Have a nice day !
Awesome fix, this saved my computer LOL
Thanks, the last part hits the spot. Saved my nerves after the whole day.
Thanks so much this problem was really frustrating me. Really saved my day