If you are the sys admin and not someone trying to hack someone elses drive or puter, then edit your initab file and boot into single user mode. That's usually level 1 check your distro.
Or use a live cd and mount the file system you're trying to access.
People will be hesitant to answer questions like these because if you are sys admin you should know roots password.
Last edited by teckk; 12-31-2006 at 10:23 AM.