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Last night I closed my computer and when I try to login to my account I get rejected even though my password is correct. I tried to reset the PW but nothing so in second place I try to recover my data I put a live CD but when I try to access to my partition via live CD I have two files one named Access-Your-Private-Data and Readme.

I tried to recover my data with the ecryptfs method but I couldn't it give nothing same problem.

please help me because I have all my work there I didn't even encrypted my home I just found it that way.

P.S. I think that this problem was originally because I don't have any space left in my HD, and I have been getting a message that said that a few days ago.

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I should refer to this useful article; I think what you're looking for is the ecryptfs-recover-private utility.

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This is how:

  • make sure that your target system's hard drive is mounted
  • open a terminal using ctrl + alt + t
  • type sudo ecryptfs-recover-private and press enter for it to run
  • follow the prompts
  • access your decrypted data and save somewhere else
  • you can also launch the graphical file browser with sudo nautilus and navigate to the temporary directory


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