How to recover data from a dead laptop
Using the Cloud for backing up data has many advantages over using an On-Premises solution (also known as “On-Prem”). Backing up your data on the Cloud has many benefits:
- No need to purchase an existing infrastructure
- High levels of scalability
- Greater levels of protection
- Tremendous cost savings and
- No more tape backups.
After having everything safely stored, the next part of the equation is recovering your data in case of a security breach. Well, with the Cloud, all you have to do to recover the data is connect to your account with your File Transfer application; and with a few clicks of the mouse, download the missing data that is needed.
There are many other instances in which you have to recover data from other types of devices, such as a laptop, wireless device, smartphone or server. In this blog, we examine the general way in which you can recover data in an extreme, worst case scenario: a dead hard drive in a laptop. Many people think that it is impossible to recover information from a dead hard drive. The common misperception is that once a hard drive is dead, all of the information and data that resides in it is totally wiped out; but this is a myth. The reality dictates that the information is still all there, but the trick is finding the best way to extract it.
Assuming that you are running a recent version of the Windows Operating System, the preferred method is to try to first boot your laptop into “Safe Mode.” This is actually a stripped-down version of the complete Windows OS. The Safe Mode has been intentionally implemented into the operating system to run as a diagnostic tool so that you can try to repair anything that is malfunctioning.
In the case of a dead hard drive, Safe Mode can be used to recover your missing information and data. You will still have access to them, but now you need to hook up your laptop to an external hard drive so that your information and data can be transferred and stored onto it, where it will eventually be moved to a newer laptop.
External hard drives are not too expensive, and they can be purchased from your local office supply store. In fact, it is always a good practice to carry around an external hard drive with your laptop. Many people don’t do this, and as a result, they are often left in a state of panic of trying to figure out what to if something happens to their laptop. Make sure that you also have a USB cable to connect your external hard drive to the laptop.
Now, what happens if you cannot boot up your laptop into the Safe Mode? The next step is to make use of a third-party recovery software package. This may sound a little intimidating, but it is not. There are many packages that are currently available, but one of the most widely used ones is known as the “MiniTool Data Recovery.” With this package, there are five recovery modules:
- Undelete Recovery
- Digital Media Recovery
- CD/DVD Recovery
- Lost Partition Recovery and
- Damaged Partition Recovery.
Using these third-party recovery software packages are a great alternative to retrieving missing data. As you can see, there are a number of options for your data recovery that you can use, depending upon your circumstance. You may be wondering now, “If my laptop is dead, how am I going to install this recovery tool onto my laptop?” Well, this is where you need to use the Data Recovery Boot Up Disk that is provided. There is a separate procedure for this, and it will be the focal point for a future blog, so stay tuned!