How can I regain access to my Droplet when it won't boot?

If your Droplet fails to boot, you can boot it into the recovery ISO to regain access to the Droplet.

Use DigitalOcean’s recovery ISO with the Recovery Console to regain access to and perform data recovery operations on your Droplet, like getting access to an interactive shell, running fsck, or chrooting into the system.

The recovery ISO loads a limited amount of basic features on your Droplet and can help you regain command line access to your files. Once you’ve booted into recovery mode, you can begin to troubleshoot your Droplet’s ability to boot up normally.

File system corruption can cause a Droplet to boot into read only mode.
You can reset your Droplet’s password using the control panel or the recovery ISO.