Ok guys! I'm new here and am an amateur at best so please bear with me. I am a PC guy. I've tinkered with Mac and usually have headaches afterward do to my lack of knowledge and the large differences between the operating systems. Having said that... A friend of mine has a Macbook Pro. It recently took a dump and I was asked to sort it out. When the computer first boots up it goes straight to Mac Recovery HD. She wants me to do my best to save the files however the kicker of course is that she never used Time Machine and didn't even know about it. Blah. After looking for different ways to access the info I found this little helpful fella: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yuTdiPSf2E0 Followed the instructions, everything went great right up until it was time to copy "le data" over to an external HD. No tengo permissions. Meh! I create a user, make it an admin, add it to the group, "root", and do all the other crap that various forums told me to do and none of it works. Suddenly I stumble upon this: "File system is read-only" Aha! So all I need to do is change the file system to rw and I'm sorted.... This is where I am at. Everywhere I look the suggestion is to enter this in terminal: 'mount -o remount,rw' Now what they don't tell you is that you need to know the "type" sooo I look that up and find that it is a "hfsplus" So I type this into terminal, 'mount -o remount,rw -t hfsplus /media/macintosh hd/' Macintosh HD being the drive that I want to change the file system on, Media being the folder it is located in, (duh?) THIS code produces the same result. It gives me a list of the "usage" of "mount." My question is, "Is the information salvageable?" and "If so, How do I make this drive's file system rw so I can remove the data?"