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How to Recover Data from A Not Working Computer? Like Dead, Broken, Crashed

Updated on Nov 05, 2018 by Jean to Data Recovery Solution

Summary

By running EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard from winPE bootable disk, you can easily recover data from a not working computer/laptop that is dead, broken, crashed, water damaged or no longer being able to turn on.

"Please help! I have an over 5-year-old Acer laptop. Since last year, it has developed all kinds of problems, and the reinstalling system did not help. Yesterday when I was watching a streaming video, it sent annoying clicking sound uninterruptedly, about an hour later the laptop suddenly shut down, only displaying blue screen after restart. Can I recover data from a not working computer?"

Quite a large number of users are requesting solutions to data recovery from a non-functional computer or non-bootable operating system. It's a commonplace, and I believe most of you have the experience from an old PC, a Windows update, malware or virus infection, etc. How are you going to access hard disk data without OS? You need bootable data recovery software at this moment.

How to Recover Data from Dead Computer by Creating EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Bootable Disk

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition is the recommended bootable data recovery software you're going to use. With a bootable disk that has EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard installed, you can boot the nonworking computer from the disk and try to get files off from it by holding and pressing F2 while booting your dead computer and choose to boot from EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE bootable disk. 

Step 1. Create a bootable disk

Prepare an empty USB. If you have important data on it, copy the data to another device. When you create a bootable disk, the data on the USB will be erased. EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition will help you create a bootable disk.

  • Connect the USB drive to PC, launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition.
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  • EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition will recognize your CD/DVD device or USB drive automatically. You can also export the ISO file.
  • Select the USB drive and click "Proceed" to create a bootable disk.

Step 2. Boot from the bootable USB

  • Connect the bootable disk to PC that won't boot and change your computer boot sequence in BIOS. For most users, it works well when they restart their computer and press F2 at the same time to enter BIOS.
  • Set to boot the PC from "Removable Devices" (bootable USB disk) or "CD-ROM Drive" (bootable CD/DVD) beyond Hard Drive. Press "F10" to save and exit.

Step 3. Recover files/data from a PC/laptop hard drive that won't boot

When you boot from the USB, you are able to run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard from the WinPE bootable disk.

  • Select the disk you want to scan to find all your lost files. 
selet the drive
  • Click Scan to start the scanning process.
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  • Recover data from the computer or laptop.

After the scan completed. You can preview all recoverable files, select the targeted files and click "Recover" button to restore your files. You'd better save all of the recovered data to another place to avoid data overwriting.

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