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So my father has a Mac that doesn't boot so I'm copying files from the hard drive to a USB. I am not a Mac user and am having difficulties finding where all the files like pictures and music would be stored. I would appreciate if people explained where I can find his desktop, music, and such. I am accessing the Terminal from the recovery section.

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If the defaults are in play, then the path to the Users folder of the Macintosh HD when booted from the Recovery HD is:

/Volumes/Macintosh\ HD/Users

Within that, the Users directory at the above path, there will be Shared directory and at least one other, which would be your fathers.

It is within that directory you'll find:

Desktop
Documents
Downloads
Movies
Music
Pictures

Etc.

If you are doing this from macOS Recovery, I would probably opt to make a Disk Image of the target Users folder using Disk Utility > File > New > Disk Image from Folder.

Then at least you could do it using a GUI and it would retain all the meta-data too.

Note however, if you have removed the HDD/SSD and have it in an external enclosure connected to another computer, then the path to the Users folder is just /Users, meaning in the root of the volume.

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