Retrieve Files from Unbootable PC

Whenever you turn on the PC, there is a start up sequence that is performed to make the computer ready to use, the process is called as boot up sequence. This sequence includes few set of operations to start the OS. The complete process of switching on the PC and making it to run is called booting.

However, sometimes PC may fail to boot and make entire files present in it inaccessible to you. There are several ways in which a PC would fail to boot. Windows computer might fail to boot by not responding at all after switching on the power button. Booting process can also stop during 'Power On Self Test' phase with an error message or it may just freeze with no error message.

Some of the common scenarios for PC boot failure are listed below:

  • Power issues: Sudden power failure is one of the common reasons for boot failure. The situation arising due to power failure are deadly as PC does not show any light, sound, POST process and many such cases. This may eventually cause hard drive data loss
  • Corrupted BIOS: Basic Input/Output System (BIOS) is firmware that runs first when PC is turned on. BIOS may get corrupt due to many unknown factors that would make PC unbootable
  • Corrupt Start up files: While booting a PC, you may get a message saying 'Boot critical file is corrupt', 'NTLDR is missing' and 'BOOTMGR is missing', etc. Mentioned files are required to boot up system and if these files get corrupt due to mishandling then it stops computer from booting
  • Problem with hard drive: Hard disk drive is a place where entire OS files are saved. A PC will not boot if hard drive is not attached properly or if it is corrupted

How to recover files from unbootable PC hard drive?

First and foremost stop altering hardware component on PC or multiple attempts to boot it. Secondly, select professional data recovery software to help you recover all crucial data.

Utility to recover files from unbootable PC:

Yodot Hard Drive Recovery is mind blowing software to recover files from unbootable Windows PC. It is risk free and complete data recovery solution for unbootable Windows system after boot sector corruption or MBR damage. This tool is engineered to regain pictures, program files, music files, documents, videos and other file types from FAT16, FAT32, ExFAT, NTFS, NTFS5 and ReFS partitions. It has inbuilt advanced algorithm that helps to recover files from unbootable hard drive in an easy way. It also restores data from other storage devices like FireWire drives, memory card, pen drive, SSD drives, external hard drive and many more. This software can retrieve data from non bootable Windows PC and laptops running with Windows 8, Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 7, Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003 and Windows Server 2008 OS versions.

Steps to rescue files from unbootable PC:

  • Download and install Yodot Hard Drive Recovery tool on a healthy Windows computer
  • Connect your unbootable PC hard drive to this healthy desktop
  • Launch the software and wait till main screen opens
  • In first window you will get two options like 'Partition Recovery' and 'Formatted / Reformatted Recovery'
  • Click on 'Partition Recovery' option to recover files from unbootable PC hard disk
  • The program scans and displays all drives present on Windows hard drive. Select drive which represents externally connected unbootable hard drive
  • Now software scans selected hard drive and displays partitions associated in it
  • Choose the partitions to recover data from and mention file types or skip the step
  • Upon completion of scanning process, user can look for retrieved files in 'Data View' or 'File Type View'
  • View all restored files one by one using 'Preview' option
  • Finally save files to secure location on host computer hard drive or any other external storage device but not on same unbootable hard disk drive


  • Maintain regular backup of important files to any safe external drive
  • Avoid adding new files to PC hard drive after losing data which may cause permanent data loss

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