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Need help backing up MAC OSX files from Ubuntu live CD

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I have a MacBook Pro. I want to learn how to backup files off of MAC with dead hard drive using Ubuntu Live CD or another Linux live cd.

Steps taken so far:
1) Booted  Ubuntu Live DVD on MAC
2) Opened terminal in Ubuntu and typed "sudo nautilus"
3) After typing "sudo nautilus" and pressing enter I could open and view all OSX files in UBUNTU
4) Problem - when I try to copy the files or folders to an External hard drive Ubuntu says "The folder cannot be handled because you do not have permissions to read it"
5) I tried formatting the external hard drive as "FAT" and as "Extended Journaled" and neither one helps

Please advise,

Thank You
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- Is your MAC volume journaled or not?

If it's journaled, that might cause the issue...

- Did you manually mount the MAC volume or is it automounted?

Try manually mounting it under /mnt for example, then try to copy your files again.
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I finally formatted the external as NTFS and now I can copy to it.  Was also able to move files from external back to a MAC and PC for file editing and saving.
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figured it out finally.
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