How to Recover Data from Crashed Windows 7

Jun 09, 2020 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions


Out of all the recent updates enrolled by Microsoft, Windows 7 has to be one of the most unreliable ones. If you haven’t updated your system to Windows 8, then chances are that your computer might crash unexpectedly. When our system is crashed, we are not able to access our data and it can even lead to a permanent damage. To avoid such an unwanted situation, you should know how to recover data from crashed Windows 7. In this article, we will teach you how to recover data from crashed Windows 7 using a third-party recovery tool.

How to Recover Data from Crashed Windows 7

Just like every other major Windows version, Microsoft has also enrolled a Windows PE for 7 as well. If you wish to recover data from crashed Windows 7, then you should certainly try a dedicated recovery tool that supports WinPE. One of such applications is Recoverit. Its latest update supports Windows Preinstallation Environment and can be used to recover data from crashed Windows 7 as well. It doesn’t matter what causes your system to crash, you can easily use this tool to perform an operating system crash recovery.

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Starting to recover data crashed Windows 7, you should create a bootable media with Recoverit to boot up your Windows 7 computer. Download and install Recoverit on a workable computer and connect a blank USB drive or CD/DVD to it. Now, follow the next steps to create bootable drive and recover data from crashed Windows 7.

How to create bootable drive

  1. Launch Recoverit and select "System Crash Data Recovery" to create a bootable drive for data recovery. Then, click "Start" on the next pop-up window.
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  3. Select a bootable drive mode, USB or CD/DVD bootable drive, and click "Create" button to move on.
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  5. Then click on "Format now" to continue. But please note that formatting will erase all data on the selected drive, so make sure that your important data has been backed up before the click.
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  7. It will take a while to finish creating a bootable media. Please do not eject your USB or CD/DVD dirve during the process.
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  9. Finally, you'll get a stepwise guide on how to recover data from crashed Windows 7 using the created bootable media.
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Before starting to recover data from crashed Windows 7, you should change the computer boot sequence. Restart your crashed computer and enter the BIOS with the function key F12. You can check out this page and learn how to set the computer to boot from USB drive.

Recover data from crashed Windows 7

Restart your computer after setting up to boot, and launch Recoverit with WinPE bootable drive to recover your data back.

Step 1 Select the secenario. To recover system crash data with the bootable drive, you can select "All-around Recovery" mode to get started.

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Step 2 Select the target location where the data gets lost and click "Start" button to process.

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Step 3 This software will immediately scan your computer for your lost data. If you can't still find the wanted files, please try "Deep Scan" on the bottom left to deeply search more files.

Step 4 Finally, you can preview the displayed files, choose the ones you want to recover and click "Recover" button to get them back.

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