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How to Backup Data without Booting into Windows

Updated on Apr 12, 2019 by Abby Haines to Todo Backup Resource

Summary:
What if you are unlucky to face the problem of booting failure? Reinstall the operating system does help you rebuild the OS, but what about data that stored in the old OS? You need to find a way to back them up. This page offers two quick and easy solutions to show you how to back up files or data when the computer won't boot. Try them to protect your important data before taking measures to repair your system.

Every day, people encounter countless computer issues now and then. For example, hard drive failure, booting problem, creating a system image, back up PC to external hard drive, migrate OS to SSD, etc. When the problem occurs, users' greatest concern is that how can they fix the problem without losing data. Reinstall the operating system does help you rebuild the OS, but what about the data on the computer? You need to find a way to back them up.

In this post, we will offer 2 quick and easy solutions to show you how to access data or files without OS when the computer won't boot in Windows 10/8/7 or other versions. Try the one you like to protect your important data before taking measures to repair your system.

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Method 1. Access Files with Installer Disc in Windows 10/8/7
Method 2. Backup Data Without Booting into OS with EaseUS backup software

Method 1. Access Files with Installer Disc in Windows 10/8/7

Step 1. Insert a Windows installer disc into your PC and restart your computer. Press any key to enter the installer when it prompts "Press any key to boot from CD or DVD".    

If you do not see this message? Try to change the boot sequence in the BIOS.

Step 2. Don't click Install now after you enter the Installer Disc. Click "Restore your computer using a system image you created earlier", then click "Next".

For Windows 10/8 users, select "Troubleshoot" > "Advanced Options"  > "Command Prompt".
For Windows 7 users, click "Restore your computer using a system image you created earlier", then click "Next" -> "Cancel" -> "Cancel" to go to System Recovery Options window. Here, select "Command Prompt" option.

Step 3. In the Command Prompt window, type notepad and press "Enter". Then click open, and then select All files in the box that next to Files of type at the bottom.

Step 4. Finally, click the "Computer" option, and then copy and paste the files you want to a safe place, for example, a USB drive or removable hard drive.

Method 2. Backup Data Without Booting into OS with EaseUS backup software

What if you don't have an installation disc in hand? You need to create a bootable disc with USB or other discs. What's more, method 1 only helps you copy files instead of backing up the entire disk
It is an affordable and easy-to-use backup solution for your system. It helps to burn the Windows PE image to CD/DVD as well as just export ISO file to another place. Download EaseUS Todo Backup to create bootable media if necessary.

 

Step 1: Download and Install EaseUS Todo Backup on the working computer. Click Tools - Create emergency disk.

Follow the tool to create a Windows bootable media. You are suggested to add disk, RAID and network card driver to avoid Todo backup have a trouble to recognize your hard disk or network drive in WinPE environment.

create an emergency disk with easeus

Step 2: When it's done, insert this emergency disk to the computer that needs backing up.

Restart the PC, and Press F2/DEL to enter BIOS. Change the boot sequence, and then start the computer and run EaseUS backup software from the bootable disk.

run from the usb drive

Step 3: On the main window, click "File Backup" option and choose the files or data you want to back up.

You may have a large amount of data to be protected as time goes on, such as documents, pictures, music, and videos, etc. It is always a good habit to have a backup on regular basis.

choose file backup and select desired files or data

Step 4: Select a destination to save your backup file.

You'd better save the backup file in another storage media. If not, there may be a risk of the backup file getting corrupted or destroyed.

select the destination to save files

Step 5: Click "Proceed" to execute your operation.

 

Final Words

As soon as you have data backup in your USB drive, you can close the windows and shut down your computer. Or, if you plan on reinstalling Windows anyway, you can now begin performing a clean installation with your files safely backed up.