Recover Hard Drive That Won't Boot

Requirements: Microsoft Windows 8, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

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  • Are you using your computer for several years to store your valuable data? Do you think that the computer works stable and there is no risk of losing data? If so, den better be prepared for some unexpected surprises which leaves you utter disappointed. One such disaster strikes when your computer hard drive fails to boot due to some technical problems. Your PC might refuse to boot at any instant of time and freezes its data. Computers are complex machines, when they work right, they are pleasurable to use but when something goes drastically wrong it can feel as if your world crashed down. There are various reasons behind the hard drive that fails to boot/load the operating system at when you start PC and leads to data loss. When you restart your system, a blue screen appears and boot process stops displaying error messages on verifying with disk repair utilities.

    Can you restore data from hard disk drive that fails to boot?

    You will be safe in terms of data if you have a backup, what if you don’t have backup or backup is not updated? Don’t get frightened!!! Your data is not completely lost when a hard drive refuses to boot. In most cases it can be still recoverable through the use of third party data resurgence tool. As long as hard drive not physically damaged and identified by operating system you have greater chances of restoring lost data back. In this situation you can take the aid of professional tool like Hard Disk Data Rescue to get back lost data from unbootable hard drive, Rescue data from dead HDD. You can utilize demo version of hard disk data rescue software to analyze performance through resurgence results obtained at the end. You can also undelete bad hard drive data after corruption of hard drive by using this software.

    Hard drive won’t boot for few suspected reasons as listed below:

    Wrong BIOS Settings: The BIOS is a first program run by a computer when it is powered on. It plays a major role in identifying the system’s hardware and provides access to settings regarding the hardware. BIOS integrates boot settings that tell the computer how to boot and what medium to boot from like floppy disk, hard disk, CD or network. Setting wrong order for the booting devices might leave the computer failing to boot.

    Boot Sector Infection: A boot sector of hard drive contains information that tells a computer how to load the operating system. Actually this information is written by the system BIOS and a bit difficult to access. But there are some dangerous viruses like Disk Killer and Stoned that can damage boot sector of the hard drive and interfere with boot sector data. Hard drive won’t boot due to infection of boot sector leading to data loss.

    Hardware/Software Issues: Faulty RAM memory or hard drive damages are common problems. Bad sectors on storage might show up at system check as ok, but when booting information is loaded into the bad sector it prevents it from booting. Exposure to heat during use, read/write head crash, CPU Overclocking are other causes for the bad sectors that can result in unbootable hard drive. Malfunction of software that deals with system settings and operating system crash due to MBR corruption, partition table corruption, file system damage, etc causes failure of hard disk i.e. it refuses to mount/boot when you start your computer.

    Corrupted Registry File: Registry File is a central hierarchical database which stores important information and data about the configuration of the machine files. When you change configuration settings it is automatically updated in Registry File, which includes locations of applications and other services that starts automatically when the computer boots. In some cases malware gets automatically installed, configured and executes when system starts. These malware won’t let system to boot and bring about data loss. For further queries visit at

  • Requirements: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

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    Get Back Lost Data from unbootable hard disk through hard drive recovery software

    • This hard disk rescue tool is designed with powerful scanning algorithms to search entire unbootable hard drive sector by sector for lost files based on their unique file types
    • It rigorously scans the hard drive to identify and regain around 280 file types from a hard drive that won’t boot due to any of the above mentioned causes
    • You can effectively undelete deleted/ lost, formatted, reformatted and corrupted partition data from hard drive by using this reliable utility
    • It supports data resurgence from FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, NTFS5 and ExFAT formatted partitions on your hard drive    
    • Data rescue from failed hard disk, crashed hard drive, unbootable hard disk and hard drive with bad sectors is possible through the use of this software that too in few clicks of mouse button.
    • You will be able to get back  lost files from SATA, SCSI and IDE hard drive and external hard drive types with ease   
    • Hard disk data rescue software creates a disk image file to bypass bad sectors on hard drive, using which you can later retrieve entire hard drive data
    • Other than desktop hard drive, it will enable you to get back files from Dell laptop hard drive along with other laptop models (Acer, Sony, HP, Toshiba, etc) all at yourfingertips
    • You can run hard drive data rescue tool on latest Windows Operating systems like Windows 7, XP, Vista Server 2003 and Server 2008

    Steps to perform unbootable hard drive recovery:

    Step 1: Disconnect hard drive that won't boot from PC and connect it to another PC as a secondary storage device. Make sure hard disk data recovery software is installed on the computer to which the hard drive is connected. Launch the software and select "Recover Partitions/Drives" option from the main screen as shown in Figure 1

    How to Recover a Hard Drive That Won't Boot - Select Partitions/Drives option

    Figure 1: Select Recover Partitions/Drives

    Requirements: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

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    Step 2: Select "Partition Recovery" option from the next display screen. Select the unbootable hard drive from which you want to recover lost data then click "Next" button to start scanning as shown in Figure 2

    How to Recover a Hard Drive That Won't Boot - Select Hard Drive

    Figure 2: Select Unbootable Hard Drive

    Step 3: Once the scanning is completed, the software will display list of partitions that have been found. Select appropriate partitions from which you want to recover files then click "Next" button as shown in Figure 3

    How to Recover a Hard Drive That Won't Boot - Select Partition

    Figure 3: Select Hard Drive Partition

    Step 4: After scanning is completed it displays a list of recovered files from hard disk drive that failed to boot under Data View on its display screen as shown in Figure 4

    How to Recover a Hard Drive That Won't Boot - Recovered Data list

    Figure 4: List of Recovered Data

    Requirements: Microsoft Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP, Windows 2003 and Windows 2008

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