Laptop Screen Broken! How to Get Data off?

In the event that your laptop's screen breaks, it can be difficult to know how to get your data off of the device. However, there are a few steps that you can take in order to retrieve your data.

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1. Remove Hard Drive and Export All Data to Another Device First, remove the hard drive from the laptop; Use EaseUS Todo PCTrans to export all data...Full steps
2. Use External Monitor to Get Data off Step 1. Connect your monitor to the power source and switch ON; Step 2. Connect your VGA ...Full steps

Overview of Laptop Screen Broken

Suppose it is your laptop screen broken how to get data off may seem to be a problem. Don't panic! The data can be recovered. If you're not sure how best to proceed after dropping your laptop (or if you don't want to even think about seeing that broken screen), continue reading this page from EaseUS.

This article provides tips to help you get your data off your laptop's broken screen and back into an electronic file, which you can use on another computer or in an online application like Google Drive or Dropbox. You don't have to lose your data - here's everything you need to know about a broken laptop screen and how to get data off.

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How to Get Data off from A Laptop with Broken Screen?

If your laptop screen is broken, there are still a few ways that you can try to get your data off of the device. One option is to remove the hard drive from the laptop and connect it to another computer as an external drive. This will allow you to access the files on the hard drive and copy them over to the other computer. Another option is to connect an external monitor to the laptop.

1. Remove Hard Drive and Export All Data to Another Device

First, remove the hard drive from the laptop.

So, if your laptop screen is broken, how to get data off will be your problem. The first method is to remove its hard drive and export all your data to another device - a laptop or computer. When your laptop screen is broken, your data is worth removing and exporting as much of that data as possible. This is because your information is still intact.

To access your data through this method, you need to learn some basics of removing the hard drive from your laptop. So, the hard drive must be out of your computer if you want to access the data. That leads to acquiring some tools: a screwdriver and a USB universal hard drive adaptor.

Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1. At the back of your laptop or on the side, there is a dedicated flap where you can access the hard drive. Use the small screwdriver to remove the screws and open the flap. Pull out your hard drive.

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Step 2. Use a compatible USB closure and insert your hard drive. For example, a laptop with a 2.5 SATA drive will require a 2.5 SATA adapter.

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Step 3. Turn on a working laptop or computer and connect your hard drive to it.

If you try to copy data from the drive to your new PC manually, you may find it takes hours to complete. Besides, many programs won't be able to launch normally after the manual transfer, and certain user data and configurations are not allowed to be moved from your PC. So, how can you retrieve data from a laptop with a broken screen easily and quickly?

Use EaseUS Todo PCTrans to export all data.

"Data Rescue" provided by EaseUS Todo PCTrans allows you to scan and transfer files from PC to PC - even if the source PC fails to work properly. Whether you want to copy everything off of your old broken screen onto a new one or recover what little data is left on it for yourself, EaseUS Todo PCTrans will do the trick.

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Step 1. Take out the disk from the old PC.

  • Disconnect the power supply. Please take out the battery if it is a laptop.
  • Open the case to see the hard disk in the old PC.
  • Disassemble the shell by using a screwdriver to find the hard disk.
  • Disconnect the hard disk and cable, then take out the hard disk.

Step 2. Connect the hard disk to the new PC.

Multiple connection methods:

  • USB hard disk drive Enclosure:  Use this special device to connect the old disk and the Enclosure, and then connect to the new PC by USB.
  • USB hard disk drive Adapter: It is a device like a "Cable". One end is connected to the hard disk, and the other end is connected to the USB port on the new PC.
  • Desktop Computer: If the new PC is a desktop PC, the old disk can be connected as the second disk.

Step 3. Recover/Migrate the applications, files, accounts from the old disk.

1. Download and launch EaseUS Todo PCTrans. Choose "Data Rescue" mode, and click "Start".

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2. Browse the steps and click "Scan".

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3. Check your disk is connected to the PC. Select the old disk to recover and click "Continue".

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4. Select the desired applications, files, and accounts you want to rescue.

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5. Wait for a few seconds to complete data transfer.

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You can use it to access all your data, so you don't have to worry about losing more precious memories. All you need is a working computer and some USB flash drives. You might even find that nothing was lost from a broken screen laptop. Just download PCTrans and give it a try.

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2. Use External Monitor to Get Data off

The other method for how to get files off a broken laptop screen is to use an external monitor. The laptop LCD screen is still working (only that it cannot display); you will need an external monitor to access the data. In this process, you need to use a VGA cable or HDMI cable, depending on the monitor you want to use.

Here are the steps to follow:

Step 1. Connect your monitor to the power source and switch ON.

connect monitor to power source

Step 2. Connect your VGA or HDMI cable to the monitor and the laptop.

connect VGA cable with external monitor

Step 3. Switch ON the laptop and follow your laptop's on-screen instructions. If you don't see an option for extending your desktop to another display, check your laptop settings or install DisplayLink software (free) if necessary. This option allows you to keep using your laptop while accessing data on its hard drive via an external monitor (this works whether your laptop's screen is working).

switch on the laptop

Step 4. Once you access the laptop hard drive, you can get data off the broken laptop screen.


If you're trying to get your data off a broken laptop screen, there are several steps you can take that we've discussed above. Unfortunately, you will not be able to see anything on your broken screen again; however, you should be able to retrieve some of your information with the methods. If nothing else, with the laptop screen broken, how to get data off, the use of EaseUS Todo PCTrans to migrate data will help alleviate future panic attacks. You can also use this software to move installed programs to another drive in Windows.

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About the Author

Updated by Tracy King

Tracy became a member of the EaseUS content team in 2013. Being a technical writer for over 10 years, she is enthusiastic about sharing tips to assist readers in resolving complex issues in disk management, file transfer, PC & Mac performance optimization, etc., like an expert.

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