February 28, 2016

Windows won't Boot? Backup your Data during Re-installation

What if your desktop or laptop Windows is unable to boot, and on "C" the Windows drive have some very important data? You have tried everything possible from your side, but nonetheless Windows is continually giving error.

Backup C Drive Data

To fix this problem now you have only one method and that is the Windows re-installation. In such a case, how will you save your important data? Will you erase it along with the Windows, or will try to save? Obviously, not only you everyone would want to save his data.

But the Question is How?

In such a scenario, one option is that you remove the hard drive from your Computer and install it into another working computer. Then take a backup of your 'C' (Windows Drive) data and after that re-install the Windows. But if you are getting this problem in a Laptop, then for a normal user it is an uphill task.

Today I will tell you that in such a situation, how to save your data in the palm of your hand, even without using elongated and difficult DOS commands. No matter whether your data is on the desktop, is in the user document folder, or anywhere inside your Computer. Using this method you can complete two tasks simultaneously. You can save your data, as well as re-install the Windows too. This will save your plenty of time. And the biggest advantage, for this action you do not have to be professional. Every normal user can easily do this task, or should we say that everyone would want to use the same Method.

So let’s begin,

Required items, which you will need to perform this action:

  • Windows Installation Disc or Windows Bootable USB Drive.
  • External Hard Drive for Data backup (If you don't have space on the other partitions other than C, i.e. D, E, F drive)

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Step by step Guide,

How to Backup Your 'C' Drive Data when Windows won't Boot:

First of all plug in your External Hard Drive to your Computer (as I said above, if you don't have sufficient space on the other drives).

Step 1: Power on your Computer, boot from Windows Installation Disc and start the Windows Installation process. Now the installation will go through 4 phases. You can see the 4 different screens one by one,

  • 1st screen: Coping Windows Files...
  • 2nd screen: Windows is starting
  • 3rd screen: Language Selection
  • 4th screen: Install Now

Step 2: When you are on the 4th screen, you will see 'Install Now', don't click on it. Just press 'Shift + F10'. Now the command prompt window will be opened. If it’s not working for you, click on 'Install Now' and then press 'Shift + F10' again. If again it’s not working then move forward and try it on every screen, until you are on the partition manager. But remember don’t delete the partitions.

Guide Step 1

Step 2.1: This step is only for those who are still not able to open the Command Prompt by pressing 'Shift + F10'. If command prompt is opened for you then skip this step.
If 'Shift + F10' is still not working for you then close the installation window by clicking the close button on the top right. Now you are again on the 3rd screen "Language Selection". Click on next and now you can see 'Install Now', don't click it. There is a 'Repair' option below that, click on it. Wait for a while until system scan for any previous installed windows. Now you are on the 'System Recovery Options' screen, just click on Command Prompt.

Step 3: Command Prompt is opened, now type 'notepad' and press enter.

Guide Step 3 + 4

Step 4: Notepad is opened, select 'open' from the file menu of notepad.

Step 5: A new tab will be opened, on the bottom under the 'files of type' option select 'all files' instead of '(dot) txt'.

Guide Step 5

Step 6: Now you can see all type of the files and folders, go to the location where you kept your data (Remember the drive letters may be changed here, Your D drive would be become E or F. So open each drive and check your data).

Guide Step 6

Step 7: Start coping your data to the External Hard Disk Drive or to the other drives (if those drives have sufficient space to save your data).

You can only copy a single file or a folder at a time, multiple selections is not allowed in this mode. So I suggest that copy the entire folders where your data is (i.e. Desktop, Document or the entire Users folder).

Step 8: When you paste the data to your desired drive, it won't show the coping process to you. You have to wait until the green circle is in process.

Guide Step 8

Step 9: When you finish your data backup, just close all the opened windows (Notepad, Command Prompt) except the Windows Installation.

Step 10: Now your data is safe, you can remove your external hard Drive and start Windows Re-installation.

Is not this the easiest way to backup your data while Windows is not booting and you  are unable to log in? Yes I think it is. You can also save your web browsers data such as Google Chrome, Mozilla Firefox etc.

How to backup your web-browser data when Windows unable to boot.

Follow the above mentioned step 1-5 and open the notepad. Now perform the steps given below.

Step 1: Un-hide the 'AppData' under the 'User' folder, using 'attrib' command.

Step 2: Now open the 'AppData' folder and find out your web browser folder which you want to backup.

Step 3: Then copy that folder and paste/save it anywhere just except your windows drive.

Step 4: After Windows Re-installation, install that web browser. Then unhide the Windows Hidden Folders and open 'AppData' folder under 'your user'. Now find and replace the 'new web browser folder' with the 'old one' (the one you copied before the Windows Re-installation(.

That’s it. Now open the web browser and you will see your old data there, such as profiles, bookmarks, history etc.

If you need a complete step by step guide on this, then read this post.

Step by Step Guide to Backup Google Chrome and Firefox data when Windows won’t start

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