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Help how do I open this. the README file says

THIS DIRECTORY HAS BEEN UNMOUNTED TO PROTECT YOUR DATA.

From the graphical desktop, click on:
 "Access Your Private Data"

or

From the command line, run:
 ecryptfs-mount-private  

How do I run this so that I can get my data?

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You are trying to access data from an encrypted directory. To do this, log in as the user owning the data in question (eg sally for /home/sally). If the home directory itself is encrypted, logging in will automatically decrypt the data. If it is a Private directory, there should be a launcher in that folder to click (which may again prompt you for the user password).

If the "Access Your Private Data" launcher fails for some reason, use this command and follow instructions:

ecryptfs-mount-private

If, for some reason, you have the data in question independent of the system it was used in, you will need the private key that Ubuntu's encryption wizard asked you to save on installation.

If you have neither the password for user with that encrypted directory, nor the private key, I'm afraid there is no way to recover the data.

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What if the owner of the home directory does not exist? I installed over the previous installation with a different user name leaving only the old home directory. –  zorkerz Feb 8 '13 at 23:44
    
seems to require root's password and not the users? –  Neil McGuigan Nov 26 '13 at 22:07
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Try logging into as the "USER" whose directory you are trying to access. I faced similar problem when accessing information of that of "user" logging in as a "root" user.

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