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Windows 7: Need to recover drive from dead laptop

05 Feb 2014   #1
emmis

version 7 32 bit
 
 
Need to recover drive from dead laptop

Here is the deal. The Win7 laptop lost power and is not coming back from the dead. The sata drive however lives on since I mounted it on a desktop win7 machine. I can read some of the the data outside of the c:\users folder but I need to see all of it. Since I am booted into another instance of windows, the security won't let me gain access to it. How do either I boot into it or gain access to the data another way? Thanks.


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05 Feb 2014   #2
AddRAM

Windows 7 Pro x64 Windows 10 Pro x64
 
 

Run Linux Mint 16 off a flash drive or cd to look at the drive.

Main Page - Linux Mint
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05 Feb 2014   #3
jumanji

Windows 7 Home Premium 32 bit
 
 

Yep, Linux may be the way to go.

Emergency Kit - save your files from a dead OS by whs - Mint Mate

Peppermint3 - Create Live CD/DVD/USB To Use For Emergency Backup by Golden - Peppermint

Lucid Puppy way to recover files from a non-bootable computer by one jumanji - Lucid Puppy

In all cases, you may create a bootable USB pendrive with Rufus Rufus - Create bootable USB drives the easy way
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06 Feb 2014   #4
emmis

version 7 32 bit
 
 

good ideas but wasn't able to get my bios to boot from the usb. strange thing though, I could get it to boot from the sata port that I hooked the drive up to. When I did that, I logged in using the last known config and it worked even though the hardware was different. All in all, data was recovered. Thanks for the input!
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