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I tried to upgrade from 10.10 to 11.04 but it crashed. It couldn't mount disk drives so I did a new installation without erasing the previous drives. Now I can't access access-your-private-data.

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I'm guessing by your tag that your old home folder was encrypted? Just a tip, I know this is stressful, but if you want someone to help you with this you are going to need to be a lot more specific with what happened and what errors you are encountering. – adempewolff May 24 '12 at 5:39
Initially i was working on ubuntu 10.10, then i tried to upgrade to 11.04 throught update manager everything was until it installed all the packages. It stopped suddenly and i only had the option to use the power button and restart. And at the loader it said that the "disk drive for / is not ready or not present" Press S to skip memory test or M for manual recovery, Pressing "S" then gives the message but instead of disk drives it is tmp,manually, have to try the method described here… – prr May 24 '12 at 6:24

I have this same problem, and discovered ecryptfs-recover-private from Dustin Kirkland's blog. This utility interactively asks for your login password, which I have, and then mounted my old home directory in /tmp/ecrypt.hAsHeD and I am now able to copy out everything I need.

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