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I have just upgraded from 11.10 to 12.04, and at my first login, I typed in my password, and then a quick console screen showed that some mountall event failed.

Indeed, I had some networked filesystems with mounting point /home/here that seemed to no longer exist, creating the problem. So the screen shortly turns black and the system gets back to the login screen, playing the drum sound.

Alternatively, when I log in from e.g. tty1, I have a No directory, logging in in with HOME=/ message.

Did I just loose all my data? Is there a way to get back to my home and data?!

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First thing I reckon is to boot up from a Live CD and rescue your data to a USB drive or portable hard disc before you start playing around. Do you store your files and data on the same partition as the OS??

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