My younger sister's computer suffered some major problems recently. The BIOS corrupted and attempted to load Ubuntu 10.04 in a way it shouldn't have. I'm not sure of the exact details, but the computer wouldn't start. Anyway, I put the drive in a new computer and attempted to recover it with a Lubuntu live CD. When I access her root folder on the mounted drive, it tells me I can't. What do I do? I'm not that experienced with Linux.

Here is the error message we get :

Error opening directory '/media/lubuntu/string-of-numbers/home/user' Permission denied.

  • What's the specific error message?
    – nanofarad
    Nov 3, 2012 at 20:46
  • 1
    Error opening directory '/media/lubuntu/string-of-numbers/home/user' Permission denied.
    – ndm13
    Nov 3, 2012 at 21:02

1 Answer 1


She encrypted her home folder? Try opening a file manager as root (you can do so by running sudo pcmanfm in the terminal), and try to access the folder.

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