My Macbook Pro hard drive is not working and I don't have a backup cd. I installed Ubuntu to see if I could access my files. I can see the folders but when I attempt to open them, I get a message that I do not have permission to view them. How can I get the required permission?

I tried Right Click >> Properties >> Permissions and the drop down menus are grey so I don't have the option to change them to read and write. Is there anything I can do to access the files?

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    did you use nautilus? – Ramin Jan 27 '13 at 21:42
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    Linux only has read permissions for HFS file systems. – Uri Herrera Jan 28 '13 at 2:54

open a terminal, and end enter the following command to get all permissions for nautilus:

gksu nautilus --no-desktop

This will open a new nautilus with the root user, which can read everything. The "--no-desktop" is needed because by default it would take over.

  • Sorry, I am totally new to this. The vocabulary is totally unknown. How do I open a terminal? – user126618 Jan 27 '13 at 23:09
  • open dash and start writing terminal OR press ctrl+alt+t – gajdipajti Jan 28 '13 at 2:34
  • Ican view the files now but i cannot move them onto a usb stick. It still says Error while copying file. permission denied – user126618 Jan 28 '13 at 16:48
  • i also attempted to change permissions and was not permitted – user126618 Jan 28 '13 at 18:37
  • you cannot move them maybe because it is read only – gajdipajti Jan 29 '13 at 19:15

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