I recently reinstalled Xubuntu 18.04. My partition scheme consists of a partition for /, /home and swap. I checked format for / but not /home. However, after the installation, most of the contents of /home were gone (I know, I should have made a backup before installing). Folders like Downloads, Videos, Pictures and so on are completely empty, but /home still has 1.2TB of data in .ecryptfs and .steam.

Can the original data from Downloads and other folders be found somewhere else on the partition? If not, what is the best method of recovery?

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