View Full Version : [ubuntu] help with copying files to an external hard drive

February 4th, 2010, 11:19 PM
So my windows xp desktop crashed (yes i'm done with windows). I can not even log in. Having not made a back up of the hard drive in a few months, there are some recent documents and photos that I want to try and save.

So a friend of mine suggested that I try ubuntu and boot from the cd. That works! Once it's loaded, I can see the files on the desktop's hard drive. Then I hook up an external hard drive via usb (verbatim), and I can see those files as well.

The problem is that when I try to "copy" a document from the desktop's hard drive and "paste" it to the external hard drive, ubuntu is telling that that I don't have write permissions to the external hard drive?

I am hoping that there is a basic easy fix for this, and that someone here can help me.


February 4th, 2010, 11:58 PM
something is amiss. you should be able to write to the external drive just fine. perhaps the external drive was not shut down properly? you should hook it up to a windows pc and run scandisk on it to fix any errors.

if that doesnt help then press Alt-F2 and type

gksu nautilus

then you can copy/paste files in this window with super user privileges.

tip while in the file browser, hit Control-T for a new tab so you can have both source and destination folders in the same window.

February 7th, 2010, 05:14 PM
Thanks -

But when i type int he code to use nautilus, it asks me to "please enter root password to run nautilus" ? I don't know the root password.

I cannot get the Control-T to work, maybe I'm doing it from the wrong place?

February 7th, 2010, 05:22 PM
the control T is a typo try control-t

February 7th, 2010, 05:23 PM
sudo nautilusroot password is the password you use to log on
if you use auto login, its the password you made during installation

February 7th, 2010, 05:26 PM
There's something wrong here...I don't think he's installed, and the LiveCD shouldn't ask for the root password...

February 7th, 2010, 05:27 PM
try this link: http://http://googlethem.com/ubuntu-live-cd-root-password-and-live-session-password-for-user-ubuntu/

February 7th, 2010, 05:47 PM
sudo nautilusroot password is the password you use to log on
if you use auto login, its the password you made during installation

as nhasian already said, it should be

gksu nautilus
not sudo nautilus

I know the OP is running from a Livecd but getting into good habits early is better then breaking old bad habits later


February 11th, 2010, 07:48 PM
any luck yet?

i tried myself from a live cd and it worked fine
i didnt type in a password(just pressed enter when it asked for the password)
i did use sudo (though i will try to break the habit) but gksu worked as well