Using Linux Mint 17 Cinnamon 64-bit.

Originally, I asked this on askubuntu - https://askubuntu.com/questions/831300/cannot-see-contents-of-home-directory-after-error-and-restart - and was then told to come here.

I'm on my live USB right now. I've successfully run sudo ecryptfs-recover-private, with the data being sent to /tmp/ecryptfs.8o5N9a3d. The latter is filled with folders I cannot decipher, all named things like ECRYPTFS_FNEK_ENCRYPTED.[string of characters]. What is the next step in getting these files back to their old, usable state?

I would appreciate any help. Thank you.


Make sure the drive is mounted.
Navigate into the folder where the drive is mounted (usually media) and copy the mount UUID.
Now fill in your UUID and USERNAME below and execute.

sudo ecryptfs-recover-private /media/USERNAME/UUID/home/.ecryptfs/USERNAME/.Private\

It will ask if you wish to recover. If you enter correctly, it will un-encrypt correctly to tmp.

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