Hi there guys 'n' gals, I've recently obtained Ubuntu to back up a crashed windows hard drive, and my gosh I'm glad it crashed! Ubuntu is just plain awesome, and once I've backed my windows stuff up online I'll get a new hard drive and create a partition on that for Ubuntu as well as windows.
Right now I'm just trying to back everything up to my online storage account, but this is proving difficult!
Here's my situation - a part of windows has corrupted so I cannot boot it, but luckily my personal files are all still intact. I got Ubuntu to access the drive and put my stuff online. I've visited the tutorial section of this site, and found a code that allows me to access my windows hard drive, but it came up with an error, something about safely ejecting my hard drive in windows first. I tried the force code, but this didn't work as I didn't have administrator rights.
I also did not know my hard drive name the first two times I tried the code, and used different codes from Google, so there are two useless folders which I cannot delete due to the admin problem. Here's where I need your help!
Firstly, how do I obtain admin rights. I'm running off Live CD v7.10 today for the first time and I haven't created an account or anything. Secondly, will deleting these useless folders be safe? And even better, can I delete the folders they're in? (mkdir and media, which are both empty apart from the useless folders inside. I think the codes I used created them).
Lastly, is it safe to use the force code (once I do eventually get admin rights and use the other code to access my HDD), I hope I won't corrupt anything more.
Thanks for reading and I eagerly await your expertise! Please bear with my extreme lack of Ubuntu knowledge, I'm totally out of my comfort zone!
P.S by codes I mean the codes used in Terminal.