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Data recovery after OS failure using a different computer

If the computer won’t boot or has trouble starting up for any reason other than a defective hard disk drive, files lost from the internal storage as a result of such failure have great chances to be recovered with a help of another computer able to host the problem drive and a data recovery tool installed onto it. In this case, the disk is to be taken out from the cabinet and connected as an additional drive to the PC employed in the recovery process. If this option is not viable in view of the configuration of the machine or other factors, using Emergency Recovery CD is highly recommended.

Warning: Don’t use the drive before the needed files are recovered to avoid their accidental overwriting.

Recover data from unbootable Windows, Linux, macOS, UNIX or BSD using a second computer

Provided that the critical files were not overwritten, the right data recovery instrument run from another PC will be able to return the lacking information. SysDev Laboratories offers UFS Explorer and Recovery Explorer as effective software solutions which serve for a variety of data recovery needs of both home users and technical experts, including ones related to restoring files from corrupted hard disk drives with any file system of Windows, macOS, Linux or UNIX/BSD. Several software editions are available to cover various storage technologies utilized by different devices. The programs perform an in-depth examination of the storage in a safe read-only mode to rescue the missing data and allow copying it to any safe local or network location.

Note: For detailed information about the supported file systems and additional storage technologies please refer to the product specifications and the technologies page.

In order to carry out the procedure with the help of  UFS Explorer Standard Recovery, follow these steps:

  1. Find an additional computer you can use for data recovery. Download and install the program onto it, ensuring that the version of the program corresponds to the operating system it is running.

    UFS Explorer Standard Recovery screenshot

  2. Prepare a storage to place the recovered data. This may be an internal drive, network location or any portable device attached to the host PC.

  3. Switch the failed computer off, unscrew the tower and remove the hard disk drive. Handle the drive carefully and keep it horizontally on a flat surface during the work.

  4. Power the host PC off and connect the extracted disk to it using the fastest available interface. It is advisable to use any SATA port found on the motherboard, but you may also sacrifice performance and choose a USB to SATA adapter or a disk enclosure.

    Note: Please refer to the HOW TO section for detailed instructions.

  5. Start the host computer and run UFS Explorer Standard Recovery. If needed, change the software parameters in the corresponding pane.

    UFS Explorer Standard Recovery screenshot

    Warning: When you boot the computer, the operating system may prompt formatting or repairing the connected drive. Doing so may cause serious difficulties or even permanent data loss.

  6. Select your hard drive from the options under connected devices in the left pane and scan it for lost data with the help of the corresponding button or the storage context menu option.

    UFS Explorer Standard Recovery screenshot

    Note: If your drive is missing in the list of devices, you are likely to have a physically flawed drive/enclosure.

  7. Set the needed scan parameters. If you know which file system type you are working with, deselect the rest of the types. After that, click "Start scan" and wait for the process to be completed.

    UFS Explorer Standard Recovery screenshot

  8. Look into the file system reconstructed by the program: you may sort the files by name, date, type, employ quick or advanced search and preview images, videos, audio files or PDF documents. After that, click "Define selection" and determine the items to be saved by putting checkmarks next to them.

    UFS Explorer Standard Recovery screenshot

  9. Choose a destination folder for the recovered data in the pop-up window.

    UFS Explorer Standard Recovery screenshot

Last update: August 14, 2019

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