My Debian Stretch system takes nearly a minute to boot up. It usually takes about 15 seconds.

My error:

Gave up waiting for suspend/resume device
fsck: error 2 (No such file or directory) while executing fsck.ext4 for /dev/sda1
fsck exited with status code 8

Note: I migrated my physical Debian box to Virtualbox. I did not have these error on the physical machine and it booted very quickly.


After much googling, I got the answer that fixed this frustrating error. It has to do with removing the swap partition. I had a swap partition on the physical machine, but I do not on the virtualized instance.

Here are the steps that successfully fixed my problem:

  • Remove swap entry from /proc/swaps
  • Execute sudo swapoff -a
  • Remove swap entry from /etc/fstab
  • Execute sudo systemctl mask dev-sda.swap (Replace dev-sdX.swap with your correct device)
  • Remove swap entry from /etc/initramfs-tools/conf.d/resume (I emptied this file, but didn't delete it.)
  • Execute sudo update-initramfs -u
  • Reboot


Now I'm booting as fast as I should be!

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