during an install of Ubuntu 13.04. I had my home partition deleted by the operating system. 13.04 install had reformatted the whole drive. I managed to recover & get my home partition onto a removable drive using Puppy Linux ( thanks Puppy).I formatted my hard drive & again made a separate partition for my home directory. I copied the home files from the removable drive to the new partition. I cannot access my home files from the new Ubuntu install. I get a message that the file is root, & I do not have permission.
I used Puppy to change the permissions, I can now get access but each file has a "padlock icon"in the corner. I cant change the permission with SU in Ubuntu. Have spent hours trying to no avail. Am in 70s & hate the terminal command line. Could someone please help me to get rid of the **padlock. Is there an alternative to Ubuntu that is not so restrictive with SU permissions & preferably has a graphical interface for root?. Frustrated.