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How to Recover Data from Unbootable Windows 10/11

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Jan 15, 2024 • Filed to: Windows Computer Solutions • Proven solutions

Windows 10/11 system is corrupted and cannot boot? This page tells you how to recover data from unbootable Windows 10/11 with powerful data recovery software.

Windows 10/11 is the latest version of the operating system by Microsoft that is known for its high-end and advanced features. Though, there are times when Windows 10/11 can also malfunction out of the blue. If also updated your system to the latest version of Windows 10/11, this can create a problem regarding its booting, leading to the loss or inaccessibility of data.

Why is my Windows 10/11 OS not booting?

The most common reasons for Windows 10/11 not booting are:

When your computer does not boot, your first concern is to protect your data from loss. You can use a third-party tool to answer the question: how to recover data from unbootable Windows 10/11?

Part 1: Free Download Recoverit Data Recovery to Boot Windows 10/11

A Windows system can become unbootable due to different reasons. A malware attack, overheating of the motherboard, hardware-issue, BIOS settings, corrupt registry, etc. could be some of these reasons. To fix this problem, you can use Windows PE or a tool like Recoverit data recovery that supports WinPE. It doesn’t matter what caused your system to malfunction, you can recover data from unbootable Windows 10/11.

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Free download and install Recoverit on a workable computer, prepare a blank USB drive or CD/DVD and connect it to the computer. Follow the next solution to create bootable media and recover your lost data back.

Part 2: How to Recover Data from Unbootable Windows 10/11

Method 1. Create a bootable drive with Recoverit

Launch Recoverit and select a data recovery mode. When your Windows 10/11 cannot boot up, you should select the "System Crash Data Recovery" mode, click the "Start" button on the next pop up window.

recoverit window

Select a mode to create a bootable drive: you can select a USB bootable drive or CD/DVD bootable drive. Click the "Create" button to start., also click the "Format now" button to confirm.

recoverit window

The next pop up Window will ask u to format the USB drive and make sure you have back up your important data. Click the "Format Now" button to process.

recoverit window

It will start to create a bootable drive, please do not eject the USB flash drive. You will see the steps guide of what you should do next or view the full guide to start data recovery.

recoverit window

It will take for a while to complete the created bootable drive. You will get three simple steps about the data recovery solution.

recoverit window

Before you start to recover data from unbootable Windows 10/11, you will need to change your computer boot sequence. Restart your computer and entry the BIOS with the function key F12. It will be different BIOS entry key between different system. Learn more detail about how to set the computer to boot from a USB drive.

Restart your computer, and launch Recoverit with WinPE bootable drive. You can now copy data from hard disk or recover lost data from Windows 10/11. Now you don't need to worry about how to recover data from unbootable Windows 10/11. With our help, you can simply fix the issues from data lost on Windows 10/11.

Method 2. Recover data using a hard drive enclosure

You can recover your data from unbootable Windows 10/11 by using an External Hard drive enclosure. This process involves removing the hard drive manually from the unbootable computer.
To start, switch off your computer, remove the battery, remove any other external storage device and unplug the computer from all power outlets.

Remove the hard drive from the non-booting computer and insert it in the external hard drive enclosure. If you feel uneasy removing the hard drive and battery, Google instructions on how to do so by using your computer’s serial number to get the specific steps.

Hard drive enclosure

Once you insert the hard drive, connect the hard drive enclosure to a different computer that is in working condition. Try to use the same computer model e.g. if the unbootable hard drive is from a HP computer, use another HP computer to recover your data.

Restart and boot the working computer from the main drive then access the hard drive in the enclosure from there. You can now recover and transfer your data to another storage device. Ensure to back up your data safely.
If this method does not work, get in touch with data recovery professionals to help you restore and back up your data.

Method 3. Use command prompt to recover data from hard drive

Windows 10/11 has a tool called Robocopy that you can access through the command line to copy files to another drive. The Robocopy or Robust File copy’ is a command line tool that copies large amounts of data and files. This tool can be used to recover data from Windows 10/11 when the OS does not boot.

The robocopy command syntax is robocopy [[ ...]] []
For example, to copy your files from a folder named OldFolder C:\OldFolder\JohnDoe to another folder named Newfolder, on an external hard drive that is assigned drive letter D. (replace the names, letters and paths with your own) the command will be:: Robocopy "C:\OldFolder\JohnDoe" "F:\NewFolder"

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