Lost Desktop files and settings
I was logged on to my user account with Gnome Desktop. Next I plugged in two USB drives and ran partimage as root --- I was creating a backup of one usb-drive's partition on the other. Unfortunately, I sent the image to my internal drive. The drive, not surprisingly, filled to capacity (and, that is "root" capacity).
When I rebooted, the machine wouldn't let me log in --- it turned out that the disk was full. In the meantime I thought the error was a password error, so I logged on as root (in a terminal) and changed the user password that I was using.
Later, when I discovered that the problem was a memory error, I logged on as root and deleted the offending, very large, file.
OK, here is the problem. When I now log on (as "tom") I no longer see Gnome as it was configured. Nor are any of the former files that were on the old desktop there. And, I don't have my desktop wiki ("tomboy") where I kept all sorts of information.
Soooo, I need to know if there is any way to recover those files and settings.