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Recovering data from hard drive of non-bootable PC

This is a discussion on Recovering data from hard drive of non-bootable PC within the Computer Data Recovery forums, part of the category; I'm unclear from the FAQs whether RecoverMyFiles can be used to recover files on a hard drive that won't boot ...

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    PeterRH is offline Junior Member
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    Default Recovering data from hard drive of non-bootable PC

    I'm unclear from the FAQs whether RecoverMyFiles can be used to recover files on a hard drive that won't boot up with Windows, without transferring the hard drive to be a slave on a working machine. I can enter the Microsoft Recovery Console and chkdsk stops after 33% with message 'The volume appears to contain one or more unrecoverable problems'. If I run Hard Drive Diagnostics from the Boot Device Menu I get the message 'Drive 0: Maxtor 6Y160M0 - Fail. Return Code: 7'.

    Can the auto-run CD version be used in the CD drive of the faulty PC to read the hard drive? If so can I save recovered files to a USB key drive?

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    Recover My Files needs Windows to run. It relies on Windows to get access to the drive.

    The best option is to connect the problem drive to another computer as a secondary drive.

    A possible option is to search Google.com for a "boot cd". This will allow you to boot into Windows and then load programs into memory, like Recover My Files. Make sure you find one from a trusted source - we dont generally use them because you never know exactly what they are doing to your pc.
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    PeterRH is offline Junior Member
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    Thanks. I need to replace my hard drive anyway so will install old drive as slave.

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