How to recover data from Unbootable PC?

Summary: At times, it happens that your PC turns unbootable, and you lose access to all the data stored on it. In this post, we’ll discuss the reasons behind an unbootable PC. Also, you’ll find some effective ways to recover data from unbootable PC. 

Assume, last night, you almost completed an important project presentation and decided to give it a final touch in the morning. The next day, when you attempted to start the PC, it just didn’t turn on and indicated a blue or black screen with the message: Windows won’t boot.

इस पोस्ट को हिंदी में पढ़ने के लिए यहां क्लिक करें।

In such a situation, you might fear losing your important presentation and other data. However, you need not worry as you can easily recover data from an unbootable PC with the help of data recovery software. A professional data recovery software such as Stellar Data Recovery Professional for Windows helps you recover files from an unbootable PC’s hard drive. The software helps you create a bootable data recovery media, which you can use to recover data from an unbootable PC.


                                               Figure 1: illustrates PC running into a problem case

If you are encountering such a similar situation, then here is the comprehensive walkthrough for you!

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What is an Unbootable PC?

When you start your system, the computer prepares itself for execution by performing a start-up sequence called as a boot-up sequence. This sequence set of operations intended for the start of the operating system. This complete process ranging from PC Switching to Making it to Run is defined as Booting.

What are the reasons for the System not booting up?

When you switch on the computer, it searches the boot sequence in the BIOS. If it can locate the boot instructions, it continues working, and if it comes across a corrupt boot sequence, it fails and turns the system into an unbootable state.

A PC becomes unbootable due to several reasons. A major cause of PC fails to boot depends on the version of the operating system that is in use. Apart from that, several common factors are also available that tends to turn the PC into the unbootable stage

  •  Power Issues
  • Hardware Failure
  • Corrupt BIOS
  • Corrupt Startup files

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                                             Figure 2: illustrates reasons of PC unbootable state

Whatever be the cause of PC boot failure, the result is that it makes PC as well as data present on it inaccessible.

How to Recover Data from Unbootable PC?

Like other keys, our Technology Guru—the Internet has several solutions to resolve the issue; however, the point of consideration here is that there is no validation and assurance of these self-recovery methods. Above all, these solutions retain the originality of the data. Using them entirely depends on one’s desire. These are:

  • Unplug all the cables & set up the connection again
  • Eject the RAM and Restart the System
  • Install replacement BIOS chip
  • Attempt to use BIOS recovery features
  • Repair Boot Files using Windows installation disk

Don’t Worry! We are with you!

Recovering data from the last two and a half decades, Stellar Data Recovery is an ISO-certified organization that abides by policies, procedures, and frameworks for data recovery. Annually, we perform reasonably around 35000 data recovery jobs with 100% customer satisfaction.  You can either opt for our professional data recovery services or go for #1 DIY Data Recovery software.

How to Recover Data from an Unbootable PC with Stellar Data Recovery Professional?

To recover data from an unbootable PC by using the software, you need to first create a bootable recovery drive. To do so, follow the given steps:

  • Connect a fresh or empty USB drive with a working Windows PC.
  • Download, install and launch Stellar Data Recovery Professional software.


  • From the software’s main interface, click on “dotted box” at the top right.
  • Now select the “Create Recovery Drive” option.


  • Select the USB drive from the drop-down list.
  • Click ‘Create Recovery Drive’ and click ‘OK’ to begin the process.
  • Once the process is completed, a new ‘Activation’ window appears.

Note: You’ve received the “Activation Key”, while purchasing the software, on your registered email address.

  1. Enter the Activation Key and the software creates a bootable media that you can use to recover inaccessible data from an unbootable PC.

You can also refer to our tutorial video below:

How to use Bootable Media for Data Recovery?

Here are the steps to recover data by using the bootable media:

  • Connect the bootable USB drive to the unbooting PC.
  • Power ON the PC and start pressing boot option, F-12 to see if the bootable media is connected or not.
  • When the PC boots from the USB drive, you will see Stellar Data Recovery software’s interface
  • From the “Select What to Recover” screen, choose the file types that you want to recover.


  • Now from next interface of software, Click the drive from where you want to recover the data and select the scan.


  • Wait for scanning to get completed, if In case, you are not able to see your files, we suggest you run “Deep Scan”.


  • After completion of scan,  a list of recovered files will be displayed, select and preview the files.


  • Now, Click on Recover and browse to select a location to save your files.

To evaluate the functionality of software and to recover free data upto 1 GB Stellar also offers its free data recovery software to recover data for free.

Features of Stellar Data Recovery Software for Windows

Stellar data recovery for Windows is the best DIY software with advanced  features listed below:

  • Software support data recovery from 4K drives, NTFS, FAT32, ExFAT, HFS+, APFS, file systems, Bitlocker Drives, etc.
  • Support on Dual monitor.
  • Stellar Data Recovery version has effectively improved preview of many files including document, Archive File Formats, Raw formats, Audio & video files.
  • Data Recovery in all logical situations be it accidental deletion, format, corruption, virus attack.

Professional Data Recovery Services for Unbootable PC

When an important data storage device such as a PC/laptop or hard drive becomes unbootable, you are unable to access the data. You can use our data recovery software to recover the data. However, if you want experts to handle your data loss case or there is a complex case of a hard drive failure, heat surge, or liquid damage, you can opt for our professional data recovery services to recover data. We recover data from your damaged or unbootable PC in a controlled environment Class 100 Clean Room lab, with integrity and safety.

The Way Forward

Recovering data from the last 2 decades, Stellar Data Recovery is an ISO-certified organization that abides by policies, procedures, and frameworks for data recovery stringently. Annually, we perform reasonably around 35000 data recovery jobs with 100% customer satisfaction.

In Summation

The above discussion indicates that the reason for the PC boot to fail can be anything. The only key to regain the lost data is the selection of a professional recovery option like Stellar Data Recovery Services which ensures efficient recovery with 0% compromise!

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