My Ubuntu Desktop 22.04 system is stuck booting into emergency mode. So I thought I would backup my files and data and reinstall everything from scratch.

I plugged my SSD and Hard drive to my Windows PC and copying stuff over there. Issue starts when I try to copy anything that's not under /home/user directory. I am trying to copy certain files from /var/lib but I am getting permission denied everytime.

How do I solve this issue as I can't think of a way to boot into ubuntu and access root user.

  • AFAIK Windows doesn't support Linux/Unix filesystems ... I would recommend booting into a live system and do the copying from there ... I, also wouldn't bother copying files under /var/lib or any other system directory for that matter as those can either come with a fresh install or can be installed with other packages ... The only exception might be customized configuration files
    – Raffa
    Jun 22, 2023 at 15:14
  • How would I go about copying files from root directory with a live USB of ubuntu? Also I am mostly copying my MySQL databases from /var/lib which aren't stored anywhere else afaik.
    – RitZz
    Jun 22, 2023 at 15:34


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