I know how frustrating it can be when you loose an important file/document on your pc. Probably maybe because the pc got crashed or whatsoerver must have been the case. And now you are stranded, now the computer is dead you think it’s not possible for you to get your files. Well i bring goodnews to you, today I’ll be giving you guides on how to recover your files traped in a dead computer.

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Although it’s a kindof difficult if the computer isn’t working because the dead hard drive.

How To Recover Your Data From Hard Drive Of A Dead Laptop

Here I’ll be explaining to you three different way you can recover data from hard drive of a dead computer.

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First Method: Using Windows Installation Disc or Linux Live CD

If it’s your Windows installation (Operating system) that is corrupt, definitely your computer is not actually dead. It’s possible to recover your files by booting from a Windows installer disc or Linux live CD.
Follow The Steps Below:

? Insert the Windows installer disc or Linux live CD into the computer and allow it to load.

? After it boots the disc, connect a USB flash or external hard driveand copy the files to the device. Now your files will be recovered back.

You ‘re done but know that if the computer doesn’t boot a Linux live CD or Windows installer disc, whats next?
Try the second: method

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Second Method: Using The Dead Computer Hard Disk On Another Computer

If you have tried the first method and gotten a nagative result, probably it should be a hardware problem, it can be your motherboard, CPU, memory or any other components that is damaged. Anyway your computer’s hard drive can still be working properly. If this is the case, then you have to remove the hard disk and connect it to another working computer.

How To Get This Done

If you follow the below steps tou’ll get this done.

? Open the computer’s case and locate the hard drive.
This can be easier done on a desktop computers but can be a kind of difficult for those who ain’t familiar with it before.

? Disconnect the cables connected to the computer and unscrew it, pull the hard disk out of the case.

Note: Take care so as not to screw your hard drive up.

? Then connect the hard drive to another working computer.

This can be done in 2 ways, either you insert the hard disk into the working computer or you connect the hard disk as an external device , To connect the hard disk as an external device, – Get a hard drive disk enclosure ; The enclosure will allow you to place a computer’s hard drive into it and turn your laptop’s hard drive into an external hard drive which you can connect it to another computer via a Usb Port Now you can copy your files to the computer or any other external devices.

Whatsoever is the outcome www.oscarmini.com will not be held responsible. This is to be done at your own risk.

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Third Method: Using Firewire Cable
This method is only for Macs: You can use this method toet your files from a dead Mac computer.

How To Do This
? Simply get a working Mac Computer and a firewire cable

? Turn off the working Mac computer

? Connect the dead Mac to the working Mac with the FireWire cable. Starts the working computer in “Target Mode” by pressing T key until the FireWire icon appears while starting the starting the computer.
? simply go to System Preferences > Startup Disk > Target Mode and restart.

? Now find and open the hard disk of the dead computer and copy your files from it.

But it’s always adviceable you backup your files so as not to go through such incovenience.


  1. Well recovering files from hard drives of dead computer is something that would please everyone. It is really important to learn how to achieve this without resorting to “panic” mode when your computer is dead. Its helpful learning about each of the three methods. The tutorials are clear and well explained!This post was found in kingged where it was shared and upvoted.

  2. Hi Larry,

    Great piece of information. Once I was confronted with the same situation. I recovered the data, however in a completely different manner. I removed the harddrive from the laptop and used it as an external hard drive by attaching the data cable with it. I just transferred the data to another laptop.

    This can be the fourth method in you blog post..But this one is little bit complicated as one should know the basics of the hardware. I was lucky because my lil bro is a computer geek. He carried out the whole task.

    Thanks – Nitin


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