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Recover Files from a Crashed or Corrupted Windows Computer/Hard Drive

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1Fix Crashed Windows Hard Disk with Safe Mode

If your computer is slightly crashed, you can boot into Safe mode to bypass the problem. Your computer will be in an earlier state with the diagnostic mode. Consequently, you can perform the system restore with the most recent update or other points.    

Step 1: Power on your PC. When you see the Windows logo, press the F8 key.

Step 2: Choose Safe Mode under the Advanced Boot Options list.

Step 3: Unfold the Start menu. Click All Programs, Accessories, System Tools and System Restore options in order.

Step 4: In the System Restore window, you need to select a restore point. Then choose Next to move on.

Step 5: Check all settings and choose Finish to complete the Windows crashed data recovery process.

confrim the restore on pc

Drawbacks: This method does not work for completely crashed computers. Furthermore, you cannot recover all deleted or lost files through this way.

2Repair Crashed Hard Drive with CHKDSK Command Prompt

Bad sectors and internal errors can cause Windows crashes too. Thus, you can recover a crashed Windows 10 and other Windows operating systems by running CHKDSK.

Step 1: Press Windows and X keys together. Choose Command Prompt (Admin) from the power users menu.

Step 2: When you are prompted with UAC window, click Yes to confirm and continue the crashed data recovery process.

Step 3: Type chkdsk F: /f /r /x and press the Enter key. (You can replace F: with your crashed drive letter.)

Step 4: If you want to recover files from the bootable drive, you will be required to type yes and press Enter in the Administrator Command Prompt window. (optional)

Repair Crashed Hard Drive with CHKDSK Command Prompt

Drawbacks: However, this method is not friendly to beginners. It takes too much time to recover files from a crashed hard drive.

3Ultimate Way to Recover Crashed or Corrupted Hard Drive Flexibly

If you want to recover files after Windows crashed selectively, you should not miss FoneLab Data Retriever. There is no need to restore your computer to a previous state. Actually, the windows data recovery software can scan your deleted or lost files in a short time.

Later, you can choose which file to recover to your computer with no data loss or overwritten. In a word, Data Retriever is your one-stop Windows crashed data recovery tool.

1. Main Features of the Windows Data Recovery Software

  • Recover deleted or lost files from crashed or corrupted hard drive, memory card, computer, laptop, flash drive, digital camera camcorder, etc.
  • Get back data from formatted partition, RAW hard drive and other system crash scenarios.
  • Wide support of recoverable data types and formats including videos, audios, photos, documents, emails and more.
  • Scan the crashed hard drive or entire computer based on your need.
  • Work with Windows 10/8.1/8/7/Vista/XP.
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2. How to Recover Files from a Crashed Windows 10/8.1/8/7

Step 1: Launch the Windows document recovery software.

Step 2: Mark before the file type and hard disk you want to recover. It’s OK if you choose all items and scan the entire computer thoroughly.

choose data type location

Step 3: Click Scan to perform a quick scan. If you cannot find deleted files from the corrupted or crashed hard drive, you can choose Deep Scan to have a second try.

perform a quick scan

Step 4: Choose the folder in the left panel. Preview and check files you want to recover in the main interface. You can use the filter feature to locate your target files quickly if necessary.

set filter info

Step 5: After all preparations, you can click Recover to recover files from crashed Windows effortlessly.

select files to recover

To reduce the risk of computer crashes, you had better take some measures. For instance, you need to delete unnecessary cookies and files regularly. Do not open too many programs at the same time.

What’s more, it is a good habit to upgrade operating systems and patches to the latest version. If the program still occurs, you can recover files from crashed Windows with Data Retriever whenever you need.

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Jan 10, 2019 09:00 / Posted by

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