I was asked by a friend of mine to recover some files from his busted mac's hard disk (he got in some sort of scuffle and all but the main drive are toast). I booted up my linux distro to read the HFS formatted disk and as I was looking at his user files to pull them onto my own machine i realized the files were locked (they are under his user account, music, documents, etc). How do i go about getting them onto my own machine/getting access to read these files in general? All i need to do is recover them and i am unsure as to how to give myself permissions in this situation. Any help would be appreciated.
Whether you believe me or not I've seen people's questions on hard drive file recovery get answered here before. If i had stolen someone's machine i would have just reformatted his drive anyway. I just want to be able to recover his music for the most part (he said that's mostly what he wants off of it and i know how much of a pain it is to get a music library of that size back). Would i have to put in his password somewhere as authentication to get into his user account (since i can ask him any time what his password is, since i DIDN'T steal it)?