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    Urgent help, please anyone, I don't want all my data lost!

    Hello,
    I have been messing around with my system and forgot to do a back up, I managed to copy some files that will help me set up the customising for next time I install Ubuntu (I format and reinstall a lot, an obsession of mine) but I don't have the permissions to copy over the Pictures folder, I don't have these pictures any where else and all I want to do is copy the pictures to another drive (im using my iPod for this) but it just wont let me. I have hundreds of photos and they have great sentimental value to me,
    can anybody help me out? I'm desperate.

    Thanks for any help in advance,
    Lee

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    Re: Urgent help, please anyone, I don't want all my data lost!

    What are the permissions on the directory where the folder is stored? If you don't know, run the command

    Code:
    ls -l NAME-OF-DIRECTORY

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    Re: Urgent help, please anyone, I don't want all my data lost!

    This should do it,

    Code:
    sudo cp -R /your/picture/folder /some/place/safe
    You may want to set permissions for easier use later as well.

    Code:
    man chmod

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