I've had an encrypted /home on a separate drive for years. It's been this way since Ubuntu added this in their installation. I just did a fresh install of LMDE on a new SSD harddrive and now I cannot get into /home. I can only see the files Access-Your-Private-Data.desktop and README.txt
In the past, whenever I've done a fresh install, of any distro, this was never an issue as long as my user id remained the same. In fact I was using LMDE installed on a different hard drive without any problems. Now it is an issue and I can't figure out what I am missing to be able to access my /home directory.
ecryptfs-utils is no longer included in the initial installation, so it just needed to be installed.