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[tlug] Suse 10 file access without root?
- Date: Sun, 31 May 2009 22:42:09 +0900
- From: Lyle H Saxon <email@example.com>
- Subject: [tlug] Suse 10 file access without root?
I set up an HP desktop machine that a friend of a friend was going to toss in the garbage (W-ME was broken and he thought the hardware was broken...), so my friend took it and asked me to set it up for him. I tossed ME back in via the recovery disk that came with the machine (so my friend could easily view DVDs with the machine and open files from a certain vendor) and then made it a dual-boot machine with Suse-10.0. My friend happily used it for two or three years, and then something went wrong and he tossed the computer back my way, asking if I could help him recover some work files he had on the machine. I commented that he should have had any important files backed up - he sheepishly agreed. I accessed a few files (via Kubuntu 9.0 in run-from-CD-ROM mode) that seem to have been saved on the desktop, but everything else I'm unable to access. I It looks like I could do something *if* he had remembered (I'm embarrassed for him just to write this) the root password. When attempting to boot, there are a long string of error messages. What I can see now is: ide: failed opcode was: unknown Buffer I/O error on device hda3, logical block 198764 Another part says: fsck failed. Please repair manually and reboot.... etc. Is there some way to back up his user files without knowing the root password? I have physical access to the machine. Is the hard drive defective? W-ME still boots. Lyle
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