How to Backup Data without Booting into Windows

Abby Haines updated on Sep 23, 2019 to Todo Backup Resource | How-to Articles

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.

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

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.

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, the above method 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.


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Frequently Asked Questions

Why choose EaseUS Todo Backup?

"The easiest way to protect your data and system files."techradar

"EaseUS Todo Backup Free is one of the most popular free data backup applications available. This software offers a myriad of features and is extremely user-friendly. It provides a full system backup, meaning you can back up your entire operating system."TopTenReviews

"EaseUS ToDo Backup Home is a great backup program, well suited to the home and SMB space."PCWorld

What is the difference between Clone and Backup? In what cases should I use Clone?

Clone will copy one disk to another or one partition to another (unallocated space is also supported). Usually, this option is used to upgrade the current disk by creating an identical copy. Backup will generate a .PBD image file containing the selected files or system that can be restored from the .PBD image if needed.

What is the difference between System Backup and Disk Backup?

System Backup will auto-select the system boot related partition(s) as the backup source to make sure the system image can be restored properly. Disk/Partition Backup will allow you to manually select a whole disk or speficy a certain partition as the backup source. You will get the same backup result as System Backup if you manually select the system and boot partitions with the Disk/Partition Backup option.

As a computer newbie, what features should I use to protect my computer?

You can use System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions, use Disk/Partition backup to back up the data partition and add plans to run an automatic backup. If you use the computer frequently or have software that may cause boot failure of the computer, we would suggest you back up the computer every 1 to 2 days. For other situations, you can backup the computer once a week. In addition, you can schedule File Backup to back up the files which are changed frequently.

What kind of storage service should I use to save my backup images?

EaseUS Todo Backup can save backup images to internal disks, external disks, network drives, or free cloud(Google Drive, Dropbox, and OneDrive) and CD/DVD. It is suggested to save the images to the internal/external/network drives to save time as those kinds of disks have a better read-write speed. It is suggested NOT to save the image on the source disk, because once the disk is damaged, all the files on the disk will become unavailable and you will be unable to restore the image.

As a company network administrator, what features should I use to protect our internal computers?

It is recommended that you use the SQL Backup feature to back up your company's SQL server and Exchange Backup feature to back up the Exchange server. In addition, you can execute System Backup to back up the system and boot partitions on every computer and set a plan to execute the backup once a day or twice a week to ensure that the computer can be restored timely when it has boot issues. File Backup feature can be used to back up important user data. If there are a large quantity of computers, you can purchase EaseUS Backup Center to manage the backups on the client computers centrally.

About EaseUS Todo Backup

Be it a file, system, partition, or disk, EaseUS Todo Backup will help you back up or clone the item and provide you with multiple backup plans.