After I finished installing Xubuntu I tried opening the Folder "Root" which has a cross next to it (I didn't know what was that) I already know that Root is my hard drive so i opened it and I got this:

Failed to open directory "root". Permission denied.

Any help would be appreciated.

  • I know that you already have your answer, but for completeness' sake you might want to take a look at this wikipedia article which describes the linux filesystem hierarchy standard. – hmayag Jul 7 '13 at 20:34

The /root folder is the home folder of the root user (the administrator). That is, you (as a normal user) cannot see the personal stuff of the administrator which is fine and is the right thing to happen. Now, the root partition is just /. I guess you just misinterpreted the meaning of the folder /root and the root partition /.

The root partition (and corresponding folder) is called /. So if you need to see your file system you just need to type / in the locations bar.

Also, notice there is an item (in the image you uploaded) which reads File System under DEVICES. Click it and see what reads on the locations bar.

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  • So how should i open the "Hard Disk" or is this already the hard disk?? EDIT: ok i got it thanks – omarlink Jul 7 '13 at 19:16
  • Just type / in the locations bar. – edwin Jul 7 '13 at 19:17

the "root" folder is located in / not /root/ that is the root user or "superuser" s home folder, as such you need root access to open it

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