how to data recovery if computer won't start?

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  • 5 months ago
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    Hi. You've got a couple of choices for data recoveryeven though Windows won't run.

    1) Get a pretty good sized USB flashdrive (about 128Gbs covers most regular harddrives data from home computers). Download a burnable file of a linux OS CD. reboot the computer with the linux CD & just copy the data onto the USB flashdrive. You can fill the flashdrive, copy the full drive onto another computer, then fill it again if the data is more than the size of the flashdrive You're using.

    2) Buy a $15US adapter for the old harddrive to be plugged into another computer AS A USB flashdrive, then You can copy directly from the non-booting harddrive into another computer.

    3) Just buy a new harddrive for the non-booting system (More space = cheaper now) & use the non-booting drive as a permanently externaldrive.

    https://www.amazon.com/AGPtek-Drive-Adapter-Conver...

    G'Luck!!!

    EPF : If You just want to do the CD method using a singleflashdrive& booting from the same flashdrive, You can use Puppy linux & "YUMI" from www.pendriveapps.com. This method runs the linux OS from a created boot flashdrive & You can create a folder on the remaining space to copy Your files into.

  • 4 months ago

    Remove the hard disk and plug it to another computer then after you can copy all the data from the hard disk to the new computer...

  • keerok
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Take hard disk out of the bad computer then install to a working one.

  • Anonymous
    5 months ago

    You might want an external hard drive. All your personal documents are on the main partition.

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  • Henry
    Lv 5
    5 months ago

    What does it mean by "won't start"? Is it broken? How broken? Is it turned on? Is there power to it?

    • Henry
      Lv 5
      5 months agoReport

      It depends on what it says is wrong when it shows the qr code and error message. Mine is saying the boot is inaccessible, probably because the hard drive or wires broke.

  • Bill-M
    Lv 7
    5 months ago

    Remove the Hard Drive and using a Docking Station plug it into a working PC.

    • Henry
      Lv 5
      5 months agoReport

      I don't think the average person has a docking station.

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