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How to Recover Data from a Dead Laptop? Solutions Are Here!

Part 1: Is It Possible to Recover Data from Dead Laptop Hard Drive?

Nowadays, laptop attracts more and more users due to its excellent features, such as its portability, battery, smaller size, quiet operation, lower power consumption, and all-in-one design. However, no matter how powerful a laptop is, some kinds of issues may happen by accident. "Dead laptop" is one representative problem.

When this issue happens, you will be unable to boot your Windows 10/8.1/8/7 normally, let alone access all of your data on it such as photos, videos, documents, emails, and more. Then, you may want to know: is it possible to recover data from the hard drive of a dead laptop and how to recover data from a dead laptop?

Note: if you find the Mac hard drive is failing or Windows hard drive is broken, you have to take actions to recover data immediately, before it corrupts or becomes dead.
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As a matter of fact, when a laptop dies due to a software failure rather than a hardware failure, the data on the hard drive will be intact. In most cases, you are not sure about the cause of dead laptop, and you just want to find a way to do dead laptop hard drive recovery.

Actually, it is not so easy to recover data from dead laptop hard drive because Windows 10/8.1/8/7 can't boot normally. However, when you search this issue on the internet, you will find different ways to recover files from a dead laptop hard drive. That is to say, it is possible to do this job as long as you find the right way.

But, do you know how to recover data from a dead laptop effectively? Here, in this post, we summarize some effective ways to do data recovery from dead laptop. You can refer to them and select one way according to your own situation.

Part 2: How to Recover Data from a Dead Laptop

Way 1: Try to Boot Your Laptop in Safe Mode

Safe mode is built into the operating system which can be used as a diagnostic mode in case your Windows 10/8.1/8/7 can't boot normally. This mode has fewer functions than the normal operating state, but it exists due to these two main reasons:

1. With Safe Mode, you will be able to identify and fix the basic software problems on your laptop;

2. When you enter this mode, you can recover your important data on your laptop to an external hard drive.

So, just enter Safe Mode and check whether it can help you fix the dead laptop and recover its data. The ways to enter Safe Mode are different in Windows 10/8.1/8/7. Here, you can refer to this relative post to enter Safe Mode: How to enter or boot in Safe Mode in Windows 7, 8, 8.1 and 10.

If this way can't work for you or you are unable to enter the Safe Mode, we will suggest using a piece of third-party data recovery software to retrieve data from the hard drive of a dead laptop.

Way 2: Use a Third-party Tool to Recover Data from a Dead Laptop

Using a piece of third-party data recovery software is not the only way to recover dead laptop hard drive data, but this way is very simple. In this post, we suggest using the professional MiniTool Power Data Recovery.

This software has five recovery modules, and they are "Undelete Recovery", "Digital Media Recovery", "CD/DVD Recovery", "Lost Partition Recovery" and "Damaged Partition Recovery". With this software, you can get not only your lost or deleted data but also the existing items from all kinds of the storage devices, such as internal hard drive, external hard drive, USB flash drive, SD card, and more. (Learn more free data recovery resources from the official site of this software)

If your laptop is running Windows 10/8.1/8/7 and Windows Server OS, this software can fully meet your demand for recovering data from your device.

Since your laptop can't boot normally, you need to use the MiniTool Power Data Recovery Boot Disk because it can recover your laptop data without loading Windows Operating System. To create this Bootable Disk, you need to get an advanced license of this software.

For personal users, we suggest obtaining the Combine Edition of Personal License (contains the MiniTool Power Data Recovery and its Bootable Edition) because you can get 50% discount and you will get free lifetime service. Besides, after your laptop is repaired, you can use MiniTool Power Data Recovery to recover your lost and deleted data.

After purchasing the software, you will receive an email which contains the downlinks of MiniTool Power Data Recovery and the boot disk builder application as well as their license codes. In this case, you only need to download and install the boot disk builder application to a normal working computer. Then, the following content will tell you how to recover data from a dead laptop with this software.

If you want to save the data on the dead laptop to the removable disk, you should connect the removable device to your laptop in advance.

Step 1: Create MiniTool Power Data Recovery Boot Disk

Click this icon boot media builder to run the MiniTool Power Data Recovery Bootable Media Builder and there will pop out a registration interface. Enter the license key you received to continue.

When you enter the following interface, you can choose to "Build Boot CD/DVD Disc" or "Build Boot Flash Drive" as you wish. Then, click on "Next" button and follow the wizard to finish this creation process.


If you decide to build a boot flash drive, you should note that this process will destroy the original data on the flash drive. So, if there are important data on it, please make a backup in advance.

Here, we recommend you to use MiniTool Partition Wizard to back up the data on the flash drive. "Copy Partition" is the function you are going to use. Since this post doesn't focus on data backup issue, we will not show you the detailed guidance to back up the flash drive here. And you can refer to this help tutorial "Copy Partition" to learn how to back up the data on the flash drive.

Step 2: Enter BIOS and Set the Computer to Run from This Boot Disk

Set your computer to enter BIOS. When you enter this interface as follows, select the target boot disk and press "+" to move it to the first place of the boot sequence. Then, press "F10" and "Enter" buttons successively on the keyboard to continue.


When you enter this interface, you can press "Enter" button on the keyword or just wait the laptop to automatically boot from "MiniTool Power Data Recovery V7.0" within several seconds.


Step 3: Choose a Proper Module to Retrieve Data from a Dead Laptop

After you enter the main interface of this software, you can see that four recovery modules are listed there. Both "Damage Partition Recovery" and "Lost Partition Recovery" can scan the existing data on your dead laptop hard drive. You can choose one module to continue. Here, take "Lost Partition Recovery" as an example.

main interface

Compare with the desktop edition, there is no "CD/DVD Recovery" module in MiniTool Power Data Recover Boot Disk.

Step 4: Select the Target Hard Drive to Scan

When you enter the "Lost Partition Recovery" interface, you can select the target hard drive and click on "Full Scan" button to continue. If the target device is not displayed here, you can press "Refresh" button to recognize the device.


Step 5: Choose the Data You Want to Recover and Save Them to the Connected Device

It will take some minutes to finish the scan process. After that, you will see the result interface as follows. You can see that all of the existing and deleted data are displayed there. Then, you can select the data you want to retrieve and click on "Save" button to store these data to the specified storage device.


1. deleted means the deleted file or folder, lost means the lost file or folder, and raw means the raw file or folder. If there is no such a legend before a file or a folder, it should be an existing item on your laptop. So, if you only want to recover the existing data from a dead laptop, you can just select these unmarked files and folders.

See! It is so simple to retrieve data from a dead laptop with MiniTool Power Data Recovery Boot Disk, and every ordinary laptop user can operate it easily. In addition to its easy-to-use feature, this software will not damage your laptop hard drive. Please feel free to use it.

In addition to the above two ways, there is another simple way to be recommended. Please read on.

Way 3: Recover Dead Laptop Hard Drive Data from the iCloud Backup

Nowadays, more and more Cloud backup services are supplied to keep your laptop data safe. If you have made a Cloud backup of your laptop hard drive, data recovery from dead laptop will be easy. Then, you just need to use another normal computer and sign in your Cloud account to check and recover what you have backed up. You can use an external hard drive to download and save the important data. After you repair your dead laptop or buy a new device, you can transfer these data to the new laptop.

If the above three ways don't work, you have to consider the following cause of dead laptop and corresponding way.

Way 4: Recover Dead Laptop Data with a Hard Drive Enclosure

If dead laptop issue is caused by itself, for example, the motherboard is damaged. Don't panic. You still have the chance to retrieve data from the undamaged hard drive of your dead laptop. This way is a little complex, and you can refer to this post to make you operate this way in a safe and effective way: How to Recover Data from the Hard Drive of a Dead Laptop.

However, you have to guarantee that you can take your laptop apart without damaging anything. Otherwise, you'd better take it to a professional to do this job for you.

Way 5: Ask an Expert for Help

If all of the above four ways can't work for you to recover data from a dead laptop, it's time to take apart the hard drive of the dead laptop and check whether there is a mechanical fault which may cause dead laptop temporarily.

However, it is really a bad idea to do this job by yourself if you are not a professional because the internal hard drive is very complex and the unprofessional operation may cause damages to the laptop hard drive with a great probability. So, you need to find an experienced computer technician to repair the dead laptop and do dead laptop hard drive recovery.

Part 3: Bottom Line

After reading this post, you must know how to recover data from a dead laptop with five different ways. Among all of these fives ways, using MiniTool Power Data Recovery to recover dead laptop data is an easy and reliable way relatively due to its easy operations and harmless to dead laptop hard drive.

As to dead laptop hard drive recovery issue, if you have any good ideas and solutions, you can share with us by leaving a message on the following comment zone or sending an email to [email protected]. At the same time, if you are facing some issues when you use our software to recover your data, please feel free to contact us via the two ways mentioned above. Any useful suggestions are also appreciated here. Thank you in advance!