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OS X :: Don't Have Permissions To Access Macintosh HD


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)'.


View 1 Replies (Posted: Aug 31, 2010)

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I have read the relevant sections in David Pogue's missing manual on Mac OS X Leopard, so I am familiar (in theory) with the concepts he explained regarding ownership, file permissions, the root, Terminal, the CHMOD command, and the SUDO command. It's just that, considering the awesome power of the SuperUser Do command, I'm not all that confident yet that I could write the command(s) that could affect the state of my entire computer hard drive. So, I'm asking for guidance from a UNIX guru to guide my hand this first time out. I know about the idea of safe booting up as a single user, but since I do have my laptop computer mounted on the desktop of my iMac as a Firewire volume, I would prefer to use Terminal on the iMac to fix the permissions on that mounted volume, called "MacBook Pro".

Information:
PowerMac G4; iMac G5; MacBook Pro.
Mac OS X (10.5.7)
Running Leopard, Tiger, Panther. LAN. Cloned LaCie FireWire drives as backups.

Posted: Aug 21, 2009

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Information:
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