Friend's old laptop running ubuntu has 'died' (too old to be worth repairing), but he wanted to save some family photos from the hard drive, so I took the drive out and connected it to my laptop(running ubuntu 11.04) with an IDE-to-USB adapter.
- How do I get permissions to access all the files on the filesystem? I tried with
sudo chown -R username /dev/devicename,
sudo chmod -R 755 /dev/devicename, but it doesn't work. I also tried booting the whole system from the USB-connected drive, but it doesn't seem to work either.
- There seems to be nothing inside the
/homefolder. Is this because I don't have permissions to view the content, or does this mean that the hard drive is corrupt/there's nothing there and all my effort is in vain anyway?