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How can I access the files stored on the USB drive from which Ubuntu boots ? (Using Ubuntu 12.10)

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If you are booting from a live USB, then you would use your file manager to go to the / directory, and edit files there. Are you booting from a USB stick? – DaboRoss May 27 '13 at 6:33
Yes I'am booting from the USB stick and the file manager is able to recognise the disk. The problem is that I'am unable mount the disk and I get a message saying that I'am performing an unauthorised operation. – kesari May 27 '13 at 6:39
That's because the drive is already mounted. It is the root file system so Like DaboRoss said just go to / and you should see the contents of your USB drive. – André Stannek May 27 '13 at 8:40
Are you trying to mount a separate partition? – DaboRoss May 27 '13 at 17:32
No, Im not trying to mount a separate partition. – kesari May 31 '13 at 7:39

You will be able to access the pendrive by...

  1. Opening the 'disks' application, and then selecting the drive you want to open (Here it's your pendrive). Then click on '/cdrom', which looks like a hyperlink.

  2. Opening the 'filesystem' and click on the 'cdrom' folder.

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But I find it quite strange to find my pendrive mounted as a cdrom. – kesari May 31 '13 at 7:51
I found that I'm only able to 'access' the files in the pendrive. I'm unable write files into it. – kesari Jun 1 '13 at 10:23

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