DIY Data Recovery after a System Crash

DIY Data Recovery after a System Crash

Today, your computer’s operating system can malfunction for many reasons. The most common problems happen when your Windows system directories become corrupted by a virus. This causes your OS to no longer load the files necessary to display your programs and data. Therefore, it is important to not panic and format your hard drive. Formatting your hard drive and installing a new OS on the drive will destroy your data.

Procedures Which Can Recover Data And Files Back To A New Hard Drive


  1. Your computer won’t load your Windows directories and continue to reboot.
  2. When your computer boots a blue screen appears that describes the problems with your computer.
  3. You can’t enter safe mode to repair the directory problems.
  4. You have tried to use the system install disk to repair the directory problems, but the system continues to reboot.

Blue Screen

The blue screen appears as a warning indicating that Windows encountered a problem when loading the system directories. Therefore, it is important to understand the problem. Read the screen carefully to determine why your OS stopped loading the files. There are several reasons your computer has displayed the blue screen.

  1. You have a problem with your memory.
  2. The .dll files can’t be found or they are corrupted.
  3. Your hard drive has SMART errors.
  4. A virus has destroyed your system directories.

Solution for Memory

  1. Power off your computer.
  2. Disconnect the power plug from your computer and all cables on the back of your computer.
  3. Open the side panel.
  4. Locate the memory on the mother board.
  5. Use the two side latches to release the memory.
  6. Carefully press the memory back into place or until you hear the two latches click.
  7. Reconnect the cables and power back on your computer.
  8. Reboot your computer.
  9. If the computer displays the same blue screen error, replace your memory.

Viruses, Hard Drive SMART Errors or Corrupted Files

If the hard drive has failed to load your windows directories because of a virus or corrupted file you will need to:

  1. Power off your computer.
  2. Unplug all the cables on the back of your computer.
  3. Remove the hard drive.
  4. Attach your hard drive to an external USB enclosure.
  5. Attach the hard drive to a second computer that has an antivirus program installed.
  6. Scan the hard drive and remove all the viruses.
  7. Reinstall the hard drive.
  8. Attach all the cables to the computer.
  9. Reboot your computer.
  10. If you still encounter problems loading your Window’s directories you will need to recover your files before reinstalling your OS.

How to Recover Your Data?

If you have encountered problems with your hard drive SMART or corrupted file it is necessary to recover your data. There are two options to recover your data from damaged or corrupted files. However, if your drive is experiencing SMART errors it is recommended that you buy a new hard drive.

Option 1

  1. Remove your hard drive from the computer and install it in an external USB enclosure.
  2. Use a second computer for reading your hard drive and recovering your data.
  3. Find the hard drive connected to your computer.
  4. Open the hard drive and search the directory for “users”.
  5. Locate the file folder name or your system username.
  6. Open the directory.
  7. Save the files in the different file folders, desktop, downloads, favorites, my documents, my music, my pictures, and my games.
  8. In the control panel, locate folder options.
  9. Open the view tab.
  10. Locate hidden files and folders.
  11. Select; show hidden files, folders, and drive.
  12. Open AppData file folder.
  13. Open the Local file folder.
  14. Open Microsoft file folder.
  15. Open Windows Live Mail file folder.
  16. Open your email account file folder; example, Gmail (xxxx9a3),
  17. Open Inbox file folder.
  18. Save all the file folders to another hard drive. You will need these files and folders to restore your Windows Live Mail account.

Option 2

  1. Buy a new hard drive and install the hard drive.
  2. Reload your Windows OS, drivers, and programs.
  3. Attach the hard drive to your computer. You can use an external USB enclosure or attach the hard drive to the SATA port on your mother board.
  4. Follow the steps 4 through 18 above.

In Conclusion

If you are experiencing problems with your computer loading your OS don’t panic. Furthermore, never format your hard drive and expect to recovery your data. A formatted hard drive will erase your data. However, if you have formatted your hard drive it is recommended that you seek professional help. A data recovery company can find the data on your hard drive. Unfortunately, you will need to rename all your documents, images, music, and videos. The data retrieved from a formatted hard drive is raw data and no longer displays your file names.

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