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

Aug 31, 2010

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)'.

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OS X :: Macintosh HD Permissions Changed To "no Access"

May 18, 2009

White MacBook running Leopard gets stuck at grey start up screen with spinning wheel after the Sharing & Permissions for everyone on the "Macintosh HD" was changed to "no access". I booted off of system disk and ran Verify Permissions and that gave me the message " Disk Utility stopped repairing permissions on "Macintosh HD" because the following error was encountered: The underlying task reported failure on exit" Archive and Install failed as well. Tried booting off of Disk Warrior CD but MacBook kept restarting while holding down the C-key.

Luckily I did a back-up last week using Time Machine. But I would still like to refrain from a clean install if I can help it. There were a few new files and installs that occurred after the last back-up. Albeit not a major problem. So now I'm trying to change Permissions for the HD using Terminal. Current settings listed below.

total 12
d-wx-wx-wt@ 2 root admin 1024 May 18 06:50 .Trashes
--w--w--w- 1 root admin 4096 May 18 06:50 ._.Trashes
drwxrwx---@ 47 root admin 1666 May 18 06:57 Macintosh HD
lrwxr-xr-x 1 root admin May 18 06:32 Mac OS X Install DVD

But when I use the "chmod 755 Macintosh HD/" command in the Volumes Directory I get "chmod: Macintosh HD/: No such file or directory. Are their 3 spaces in that command? Or am I missing something else?

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Code:
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