Lucid ruined Using trial on install cd now but can't get access to my home folder to back up my files

Asked by Lucas Andrew Adams on 2012-09-23

Ubuntu Lucid somehow got fouled up on my laptop to the point that its inoperable. I can't even back up my files with the way it is right now. I used my desktop to create another Ubuntu Linux Server install cd and I opted to use the trial version rather than install, hoping that i'd get a chance to back up my files on an external hard drive from here. Much to my horror, I'm unable to even view the files in my home folder as "I do not have permission" to view those files. I can't find a way to log in so that I can view my home folder in order to rescue my digital soul (my files). What can I do?! If I do go ahead with the install will I be given a chance to back the files up? Is there some sort of recovery option that I can access from when I power on like in windows where you turn on your computer and tap F2/ESC/F10/ or whatever? PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE HELP. Its taken me 8 + hours just to get to this point.

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Why did you not have a regular backup anyway? That would have completely avoided all this stuff...?

Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #2


First to echo Andrews point. If its important BACK IT UP. Computers have problems and hardware fails.

Now lets try and fix things.

Run from CD open a terminal (CTRL+ALT+T)

gksudo nautilus.

You should be able to back-up your data. Inside nautilus you are now Root and can do what ever you want until you exit and are back to being a normal user.

While root you have the power to change anything so be careful.


Luke Adams

Warren Hill (warren-hill) said : #4

Remember to back-up the hidden files too. These contain things like configuration settings.

If your promblem is fixed please marl as Solved.

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