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Just came back from of travel and booted my PC and cannot seem to access filesystem. Two partitions, efi and filesystem root show in the dock but the neither standard file explorer nor any desktop icons appear.

When opening the partition I get an "Could not scan some of the folders contained in '/' " and "Could not scan folder '/boot/efi' " error

Any way out besides a fresh install?

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  • You haven't mentioned your OS & release, but if I have issues, I tend to stop trying to use my system, boot *live * media (eg. Ubuntu installation media and use the "Try Ubuntu" option) and explore the hardware & file-systems looking for issues. If issues are detected in a check (eg. fsck) a normal boot usually occurs next time, but I explore looking for any causes before I try.
    – guiverc
    Feb 19 at 1:53

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