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So I work at an IT company, and a customer came in with a macbook that wasn't working. Taking the most cost effective course of action will mean simply recovering the files from the hard drive. I've connected it to another computer running linux mint. The problem is that now its saying that I don't have the right permissions to copy the clients user folder to the clients usb drive. I'm pretty new to linux, and nobody else in my office really knows what to do (we deal mostly with windows). My guess is that I either need to a) run some kind of chown cmd (tried this a little bit, but I don't think I entered it correctly) or b) install an app that will do a simple click and drag/edit.
With Mint you would use 'sudo' to prefix the copy command you use which gives root privileges. That is if Mint is properly installed and has the default user with sudo permissions. I would expect you get that error when copying to the usb drive? Or do you also get it when trying to access the files you want to copy?
Some info on the subject at the link below. Also, do you have the hfsplus software installed which enables access/write to a mac fs? I seriously doubt it is installed by defaults.