How to Recover Files from Frozen Computer?

“Hi everyone, my Windows computer automatically freezes when I work with any third party application installed on it. And now, when I open any document and work with that, computer hangs and all my work will be gone in a flash. Many times, files go missing from computer when it freezes. It is very annoying to face file loss like this, so I ran CHKDSK to fix the issues with the hard drive. The problem got fixed somehow but, I couldn’t recover files that were lost due to freezing of computer. So, is there any way to get back lost files when computer froze? Please help.”

Windows computer frequently freezes and causes loss of files from the system drive due to various causes. Before knowing about how to recover files when computer freezes, go through the common reasons that results in freezing of computer:

  • Improper installation or reinstallation of operating system
  • Use of Driver software that induce errors or has viruses along with it
  • Hardware issues like aging of hard drive and inappropriate components in the hard disk
  • Software related issues like running virus infected program files
  • Fragmentation of hard drive
  • Uneven loading of software and hardware components
  • Incorrect way of removing any program on system
  • Invalid system updates and inaccurate updates of applications on the system
  • Use of unsecured third party utilities on the system like antivirus, defragmentation tool, etc.

Even a single error in any component of the computer can make it to halt / freeze and cause missing or deletion of data without confirmation. If you need to fix issues related to computer freezing, either you need to perform CHKDSK utility or go for any secure third party fixing tool. But what about the files that were lost after system freeze. Don’t worry, here is the solution.

What to do when your computer freezes?

Make use of proficient file recovery software such as Yodot File Recovery to retrieve files lost when Windows system freezes. This remarkable application can rescue files of different formats like TXT, DOCX, EXE, PDF, PPT, XLSX, HTML, CHK, DLL and so on from partition on Windows computer hard drive even if it is corrupted, formatted, re-formatted, lost or deleted. The tool can restore deleted files from FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5, ExFAT and ReFS formatted system drives as well as from removable storage devices like portable hard disk, USB flash drive, Fire wire drive, etc. The software is compatible to work on Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows Server 2008 and 2003 OS based desktops and laptops.

Steps to restore Computer files after freezing:

  • Remove the hard drive that is freezing and connect it to a healthy Windows computer as secondary drive
  • Download Yodot File Recovery tool on that Windows computer and run it
  • Install the tool by following given instructions
  • In the main screen, you will find options like ‘Deleted File Recovery’ and ‘Lost File Recovery’
  • Select Lost File Recovery option to proceed next
  • Then in the next screen, tool displays all logical and physical drives present on the system
  • Now, select the drive that shows affected computer hard disk connected externally on the system
  • Then, the software completely scans the drive for lost files and presents a list of restored files
  • Now, Make your selection for necessary files from Data View / File type view
  • Now, save the recovered files to a destination location on host computer hard drive using Save button

Tips to Follow:

  • Do not save recovered files to the same hard drive from which files were recovered
  • When computer starts to freeze, backup all the files and folders on external storage device
  • Try to fix all issues that may cause system freezing in order to avoid further system / hard drive crash
  • Do not make use of unsecured applications on system that might create software conflicts