KP on 19 Nov 2017 08:10:41 -0800

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Re: [PLUG] Copying files from unbootable machine

Before you tried to copy the files, did you "sudo su" or something similar? The Live CD user is not root.

On November 19, 2017 11:00:22 AM EST, "Eric H. Johnson" <> wrote:

Hi all,


I have some important files I need to copy off of an Ubuntu machine that does not boot. I booted Ubuntu 16.04 from a thumb drive, and can access the file system on hard drive which does not boot, but I am not able to copy those files off to another thumb drive for example. It tells me I am not the owner. The drive is not encrypted.


I see from searching that options include remounting the drive and changing ownership, but did not see a circumstance exactly like mine. What is the easiest way to gain ownership and copy off these files?





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