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

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    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!
     
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