How to Recover Data from Windows Computer Hard Drive that Won't Boot

Abby Haines updated on Jul 12, 2019 to Data Recovery Solution | How-to Articles


This article provides hard drive recovery software with bootable disk to help you effectively recover data from laptop/computer hard drive that won't boot and reboot failed computer or laptop to Windows 10/8/7 with simple steps.

Windows PC/laptop hard drive that won't boot, help!

Sometimes, a computer might refuse to boot in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista due to system issues, hard drive failure or crash or some other reasons. When it happens, you won't be able to access all of your files including pictures, videos, documents, emails and all the data even they are kept intact on the laptop hard drive. Many users especially who installed Windows 10 have suffered such unexpected data loss disasters after Windows won't boot. Have you ever had the terrible experience and tried to find a way to recover files from a dead computer? 

Actually, It is really not an easy job to recover data from dead hard drive or laptop that won't boot into Windows even you have a backup file on your computer. You can manage it only after you getting Windows to boot successfully.

So, here we would like to introduce you how to recover data when PC won't boot in Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista by professional data recovery software with the bootable disk. 

Download best software to recover data when Windows or hard drive won't boot

Even third-party data recovery software is not is the only way to recover files from a PC that won't boot into Windows, but there is no doubt that it is the easiest way to do the job. Here the software we would like to introduce you is EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro with Bootable Media, a popular Windows data recovery solution when the operating system crashes or fails to start or boot. It can help you create a WinPE Bootable Media to boot a crashed PC without any operating system and then recover the lost data.

The program offers perfect compatibility with Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista. Now, you can download this program and follow the tutorial below to recover data when Windows laptop or hard drive won't boot or start properly.

Recover data from PC/Laptop hard drive won't boot/start to Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista

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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Do You Need Specialized Data Recovery Services?
You may need further help for tough data loss situations like format errors, RAW disk, partition loss, repartition failures and system boot error. Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts to retrieve lost data in time.

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

2. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

3. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

4. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files to better verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

5. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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