My hard drive is a mess and I want to reformat it and do a fresh install of 16.04. My problem is I only have access to the HDD via 16.04 on a USB stick and although I can navigate to the various folders, nothing I do allows me to copy to an external hard drive. The folders are not encrypted. I also have a small swap partition – I would like to preserve the data on that too if possible.
Here's a listing of the home directories on the drive:
ubuntu@ubuntu:/$ ls -l /media/*/*/home /media/ubuntu/0e228f65-dac7-435f-828b-1eb1a6c3f29a/home: total 4 drwxr-xr-x 46 1000 1000 4096 Dec 21 2015 simon /media/ubuntu/db79a6d1-7c6c-4d8c-822b-ba6ccd1ddecd/home: total 4 drwxr-xr-x 27 1000 1000 4096 Apr 17 2014 simon /media/ubuntu/ebe2a6ba-9cb5-4279-8352-5082b8dd4d5e/home: total 4 drwxr-xr-x 39 1000 1000 4096 Aug 3 14:21 simon