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I'm using Lubuntu and I logged into my only account, but when I log on none of my previous edits are there, except for some software applications I installed.

My previous files that I had are missing. My previous browser history is missing. My screen background is missing and is set to the default screen that was when I initially installed Lubuntu, and the task panel bar also looks like it did when I initially installed Lubuntu.

I don't know why this happened and so I don't know how to prevent it if it happens again. I'm using Lubuntu version 17.10. Is there any way I can restore my computer to the previous state it was in so I can retrieve my files back?

The only thing that is left from my previous settings are software applications I installed, but everything else looks like it would when you install Lubuntu fresh.

  • Do you have a separate /home partition? If issues mounting it, system may default to a new /home in / (root), so all settings are back to defaults. Post this: cat /etc/fstab. You may be able to run fsck on partition if that is the issue. – oldfred Nov 24 '17 at 4:25
  • I don't know if I have a /home partition. I typed the commands you show in my command line and got this output: look at the second post, couldn't post because it was too long. – icewizard Nov 24 '17 at 4:31
  • # Use 'blkid' to print the universally unique identifier for a # device; this may be used with UUID= as a more robust way to name devices # that works even if disks are added and removed. See fstab(5). # # <file system> <mount point> <type> <options> <dump> <pass> # / was on /dev/sda2 during installation UUID=0cd5ee34-4360-4d44-b152-dd59fef87bbd / ext4 errors=remount-ro 0 1 # /boot/efi was on /dev/sda1 during installation UUID=BB88-309A /boot/efi vfat umask=0077 0 1 /swapfile none swap sw 0 0 – icewizard Nov 24 '17 at 4:32
  • I had a similar issue once in Kubuntu (all settings reseted to default), looking around I found my settings in the trash (I didn't move them to the trash myself though) and I could easily restore them. Take a look in the trash... – mook765 Nov 24 '17 at 4:42

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