UPDATE 11.24.16

Goal: Access Macintosh HD files (HFS+ volume) from Linux Live.

I started from scratch and created a bootable drive of 16.04.1. My Macintosh HD is mounted by default. I can now see files (could not before), but when I go to my User folder to access files, I receive a permission denied error.

I read that I need to mount the HFS+ drive as read/write (same as the commands I have used below). I am still not getting this to work though. I installed "hfsplus" and "hfsutils" since "hfprog" is no longer applicable in this version.

Any thoughts or suggestions? I have run the following code in this order:

sudo apt-get update
sudo apt-get upgrade
sudo apt-get install hfsplus
sudo apt-get install hfsutils
sudo mount -t hfsplus -o force,rw /dev/sda2 /media/mount_point

Regarding the last line of code above, I am a bit confused on the proper convention for the mount point. The lsblk code shows MOUNTPOINT as "/media/Ubuntu/Macintosh HD". Would the following code be correct:

sudo mount -t hfsplus -o force,rw /dev/sda2 /media/Ubuntu/Macintosh HD

Thanks again for the help.

I created a bootable USB of Ubuntu so I can boot into my friend's Mac and help them get their files before wiping the computer.

I am out of ideas on how to mount and access the HFS+ drive testing this out on my own MacBook Pro. I found instructions online to do the following:

sudo apt-get install hfsprog
sudo mount -t hfsplu -o force,rw /dev/sdx# /media/mntpoint


sudo mount -t hfsplus -o remount,force,rew /dev/sdx# /mount/point

If drive is partially corrupted:

sudo fsck.hfsplus /dev/sdx#

I was able to get hfsprogs installed but still not able to access the HDD. When I ran this code the Macintosh HD actually disappeared from my sidebar but still listed as mounted when I ran sudo lsblk -o NAME,FSTYPE,SIZE,MOUNTPOINT,LABEL

I tried gksudo nautilus command as well and a new file viewer window popped up but nothing else happened there either -- no "nautilus" folder, no access to the HDD.

I'm really frustrated and exhausted from trying to make this work for hours and still no success. Any thoughts?

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