I feel awful and embarrassed. I had done a fresh install of Linux on my computer that has had Windows 7. I kept the Windows 7 OS, and just created a Linux partition on the same hard drive. When the installation program asked me whether I wanted to encrypt the Linux partition, I said "Yes". was out of the country for many months and forgot what my Linux login password is. All that I remember is my login username. I don't really care if I can't log in to my Linux partition. What I care about is accessing my personal files, such as my pictures (JPG).
I've tried to think of what the password could be, but all attempted passwords are incorrect. What can I do now?
Some possibly important bits of info:
--I am the only user on the Linux partition.
--My login gives me admin access.
-- I don't mind if it takes days for my password to be successfully guessed. I can wait. I just want access to my files.
--I sometimes need to work on the computer, using the Windows OS. Hopefully whatever solution we consider using has a "Pause/Resume" feature.
If you have some advice, I would be so grateful to hear them. Please feel free to ask any questions.
So here's what I want to know:
1. Without knowing my Linux login password, is there a way I can get access to my personal files on the encrypted Linux partition?
2 Is there a computer program that tries one password after another until it successfully logs in?