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UPDATE - Computer help request...

UPDATE - Fixed it! Dumb error on my part! I was using Caja (Linux Mint MATE’s File Manager) to access the OSX drive as SuperUser, which was fine, but the window I had open for PASTING the copied files to my external drive was running as the NORMAL user, so it gave the ‘no permission error’! Ran Caja as SuperUser for both windows and all is copying now! Thanks for all the help guys! :D

Usually I am doing the helping as I do computer repair on the side, but this has me stumped...

First off, I’m not usually an Apple guy. Lady gave me an older iMac that fails to boot that she needs fixed. I’ve tried everything Apple would recommend and no dice. I don’t want to reinstall the OS using that option in the Recovery Menu as I don’t want it overwriting her files, so I am using a Linux Live USB to back up her files first...

....thing is, I can see and access them through my USB Linux boot, but if I try to copy them off the Mac’s hard drive onto my external hard drive, I just get a permission denied error. I AM trying to do the copy as Root through the file manager, so I would’ve thought that would do the trick....but no.....

Anybody have any idea how I can get her stuff off of here safely before I try the wipe.....

....OR....I thought I read somewhere that the Recovery Option for reinstalling OSX DOESN’T overwrite files or programs...can somebody confirm that, because if that’s the case, I wouldn’t even need to back anything up?

Thanks Oppo! :)

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