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A terminal error occured on my computer and I found myself unable to log in to Ubuntu. To remedy this, I decided to simply install it again on a partition and then access my saved files on the old partition from the new one, thereby losing only my software and settings. The problem is, I do not know how to retrieve those old files. There is an icon called "90 GB Filesystem" in Nautilus: it has 21 folders which hold which have exactly 1.7 GB of free space each and only system files in them.

The question here is: are my old saved files retrievable? Are they retrievable through "90 GB Filesystem" or some other means?

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Did you used separate partitions for your home folder? if you didn't:

  • Mount the filesystem then Navigate through the filesystem to /home/your-user/ and search for the files copy them to a safe place.

If you did:

  • Locate the correct partition and then Navigate through the partition and select your files and copy them to a safe place.
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Thanks for the quick response. There was no home/your-user/ in the Filesystem, so I guess I did use separate partitions. What do I use to navigate through the partition? – Louis Jun 22 '12 at 18:45
Do all partions show up in Nautilus? – Uri Herrera Jun 23 '12 at 3:12
There's nothing aside from the Filesystem, if that's what you're referring to. Otherwise, how would I navigate to the partition? Also, it turns out there is a home/your-use/ folder; it contains a broken README and a broken link called Access-Your-Private-Data . desktop – Louis Jun 23 '12 at 15:08
Ah I see, this might be of Help to you.… – Uri Herrera Jun 23 '12 at 21:07
That answer says one has to log in to the directory that is encrypted. However, as I said before, that directory is so messed up that I cannot log in to it. It also says to use the command "ecryptfs-mount-private" but when I try the terminal says The program 'ecryptfs-mount-private' is currently not installed. You can install it by typing: sudo apt-get install ecryptfs-utils. When I do type that and enter my password, it only ever gets to 50%. – Louis Jun 25 '12 at 23:16

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