Probably your home directory is in another partition of the disk ( or even on another disk ). Try first with
fdisk -l. That should return something similar to:
Disk /dev/sdb: 145.9 GB, 145999527936
bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track,
17750 cylinders Units = cylinders of
16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdb1 * 1 7 56196 83 Linux
/dev/sdb3 263 517 2048287+ 83 Linux
/dev/sdb4 518 17750 138424072+ f W95 Ext'd (LBA)
/dev/sdb5 518 900 3076416 83 Linux
/dev/sdb6 901 1283 3076416 83 Linux
Then try mounting every device on the list one by one and check the files on that filesystem until you find your home partition:
sudo mount /dev/sdb1 /mnt
ls -la /mnt
Are the files from your home directory?. If not continue:
sudo umount /mnt
sudo mount /dev/sdb3 /mnt
ls -la /mnt
Repeat until bingo.
In case of LVM the approach is different.
- Mount your / partition ( the one you
identified as the / partition before
) on /mnt.
- Identify what device corresponds to
what mountpoint ( i.e. sdb3 -> /var,
sdb4 -> /usr, and so on ).
- Mount them on the corresponding
directory of the / you mounted on
the previous step. ( i.e. if your
var filesystem is sdb3 do
mount /dev/sdb3 /mnt/var, ... ).
- Finally mount the device where you
want to copy your home files on
- You can then do a
sudo chroot /mnt;
mount /proc;mount /sys and begin
working with your mounted image. (
Play with lvm as usual ). Mount your
home filesystem ( it should be
visible as an lvm volume ), and copy
the useful data to the /mnt
- Once finished
exit and you'll be
back to your server.