Take the 2-minute tour ×
Ask Ubuntu is a question and answer site for Ubuntu users and developers. It's 100% free, no registration required.

My older mac recently kicked the bucket, and I decided to switch to linux on a newer laptop, My hard drive was fine, and I now use it as an external hard drive. The one problem though, is that I cannot access any of my files. I've tried getting permission and it says that I am not root, therefore I can't make any changes. What do I do?

share|improve this question
    
Try to acess it in a terminal, using sudo permissions. Also, are you logged in as a non-limited user? More information would be nice. ~/anzkji –  Anzkji Jul 27 '12 at 22:27

3 Answers 3

Yes, access it via Terminal, to get sudo permissions type:

sudo then the command to access your directory
share|improve this answer

Or you could try and change the permission using the following command as an administrator account or your account, if it's the only account you set up.

sudo chmod -R 755 /<folder name or path>

The -R will take care of all the sub-directories while the 755 permission will give the OWNER full access, USER read and execute and OTHERS read and execute.

Read = 4, Write = 2, Execute = 1

Read (4) + Execute (1) = 5

Read (4) + Write (2) + Execute (1) = 7

These are applied to groups and there are 3 groups in the order OWNER followed by USER followed by OTHERS and hence 755

share|improve this answer

Install Nautilus (via Synaptic or Software Center), then, open terminal, type gksu nautilus and enter your root password. A file browser window (Nautilus window) will open and then you can access as root your external HDD. You can make any modifications. Nautilus will shut down when you exit terminal.

share|improve this answer
    
Which Nautilus? When I search Software Center, there are 4 results. –  CoderDennis Jul 10 at 18:51

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.