Computer: Acer Aspire 4752 Intel core i3-2330M, 6GB RAM,500GB HDD

I had the 64-bit elementary OS Luna with the following disk partitions:

  1. /dev/sda1(400GB) as /home
  2. /dev/sda2(30GB) as /root
  3. /dev/sda3(5gb) as swap
  4. /dev/sda4 as boot(efi?)

Rest as unallocated space, I installed elementary OS Freya (64bit) using the "something else" option and leaving my home partition as is. Now when I boot I am stuck at this screen:

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I tried the manual recovery but can't get any further than this:

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Now I tried pressing Ctrl+D, the black screen then says Warning : Fake initcl called, doing nothing . Well, nothing happens and I have to force shutdown, running startx doesn't help either just a completely blank screen appears. This is my primary computer and I don't have anything to backup my data to, any solution which doesn't have the risk of loosing my data would save my day.

PS: I used the same username and login password as before. Now would be investing in an external HDD.

  • Linux has two unrelated encryption mechanisms: dm-crypt, for full-disk encryption, which is what your swap space uses, and ecryptfs, for per-directory encryption, which is what you use for your personal files. That's a sensible combination, but it seems that something went wrong with the installation. This may warrant a bug report, but you need to describe exactly how you did the installation and what the current state of your system is. Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 19:54
  • Edit your question to the output of the shell commands cat /etc/fstab and cat /etc/crypttab and lsblk . Did you mention anything about encryption during installation? Commented Jul 23, 2015 at 19:56

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I managed to solve my issue by re-installing and not using swap at all, as I have a 6GB of physical memory.The encrypted home partition is now mounted by default and everything works fine barring a few glitches here and there.

I now am facing entirely new issues related to lightdm and elementary desktop which require a new question. It's not actually a solution because the problem I had was rather interesting might have taught something new to me.

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