I am trying to fix a dropped HDD by running Ubuntu 11.10 on bootdisc, then accessing my old HDD which is still installed within the machine and backing-up to an external HDD. It will not give me 'permissions' to access most of the data. Is this because I am running Ubuntu from the CD, or because the HDD really is totally corrupted?
I have managed to open and access all the files which were created in Ubuntu, before I dropped it. Anything which I had brought over from a backup when I installed Ubuntu is now inaccessible. Specifically, I'm trying to get to, and copy , my Mozilla profiles (downloaded emails, address book, etc.). So I stand to lose all the most recent emails, which I had not yet backed up. Help!