The short version is I had a ubuntu server that has become inaccessable. My plan is to wipe it out and start over. I had some files backed-up to an external hard-drive (formated ext4). Before I wipe out my server, I want to be able to confirm that I can get to these files on the external hard drive. I've tempoaraliy installed ubuntu 12.04 desktop onto another computer and plugged that drive in. The main folders show up, but when I try to acces them I get "The folder contents could not be displayed. You do on have the permmissions necessary to view the contents". When I click on permissions it says that the owner is "1002 - user #1002" (I have no idea what that is) and that since I am not the owner, I cannot change these permissions.