There are a number of files (photos, stories, poetry... etc.) on a computer that I need to retrieve. Is there any way to get around the login procedure or to get to my files without the password? Any help would be appreciated and please break down any complicated directions as I haven't used a linux system for a few years.
If the partitions and folders aren't encrypted, you might try to
- boot to a bootable USB stick
chownthe files in question to
nobody:rootor the USB's user - or even
root:root- anything that makes it possible for you to move them
- Pull up
gksu nautilus, copy the files to another backup drive.
Other than that - if you know the current version installed on that PC, you might even try to install a more recent version and chose the upgrade option (should be available, haven't checked with the recent versions).