Don't have permissions to access Macintosh HD with Ubuntu

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by dayneoram, Aug 31, 2010.

  1. dayneoram macrumors member

    May 30, 2008
    My MacBook has had song big problems, and all I can get it to do is boot up with the Mac OS X install disk, or the DVD I put ubuntu on earlier. Otherwise I get the grey screen with a folder and question mark flashing on the screen. I am unable to reinstall OS X because of the error, so we (I and a guy on this site) have worked out I need to backup my files using ubuntu, format the computer and then reinstall the OS.

    I don't have an external hard drive, but I found ubuntu allows me to use my iPhone in the same way. I have backed up most of my files now, but I cannot access the main folders;
    Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Library, Movies, Music or Pictures and I get the following message:
    "The Folder contents could not be displayed.
    You do not have the permissions necessary to view the contents of "_____".

    Another problem is to put these files back onto my newly formatted MacBook, I will have to access my iPhone using ubuntu, and I can't put items onto the Macintosh HD because I get the message; "Error while copying to '(name)'.
    The destination is read-only.

    How do I sort the permissions and stop it being read only??!!

    Please help, this is REALLY important!
  2. dayneoram thread starter macrumors member

    May 30, 2008

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