A second thought. You might feel better if you can rescue your documents and photos before
performing a Recovery, even if the recovery lets you attempt to backup these files. Give this a try.Recover your Documents from an unbootable Windows System:
If your computer is non-bootable and has a CD\DVDROM drive, you can problably access and copy your documents using an "alternative" operating system "Live CD."
While there are many ways to accomplish this, one of the fastest and easiest is using a Puppy Linux live CD
.What you will need
Another computer with internet connection and a CD burner, software capable for "burning an "iso" image to CD", a blank recordable CD disc, and a USB Flash drive or external USB drive large enough to rescue all of your documents.
Start by downloading Lucid Puppy Linux
(132 MB) from here
- Burn the iso file to CD.
- Don't have the appropriate software or don't know how to burn the iso file to make the CD bootable. (See how to).
- Make sure your computer is set to boot from CD/DVD drive first. (See how to)
- Boot the computer with the newly created CD.
- Puppy Linux is a "Live CD" which means that it runs outside of the windows operating system that is on your computer.
- Puppy should progress and run automatically. When the desktop loads, click "OK" at the Personal Settings screen.
- Note the icons, bottom left, above the Menu button. They represent each drive on your computer. Plug in your USB Flash drive if you haven't already. The flash drive icon will soon appear.
- Unlike Windows, in Puppy you only have to mouse click once on an icon to open it.
- Find your system hard drive by exploring the hard drive icons ("hda" or "sda").
- Note: use the green arrow (top left) on screen to go back up a directory.
- WINDOWS Vista and 7 - Click once on your hard drive. Go to "My Documents" folder by clicking "Users," then "<YourUserName>." You will see the "My Documents" folder.
- Click once on your USB drive. Now arrange the two screens by dragging them using the top, title bar so that both are visible; one on top of the other. Each window can be made smaller by positioning your mouse either on the top or right side of each window.
- Drag the "My Documents" folder into the USB drive and release. Click "Copy." Do the same for any other folders or files that are important.
- When the Flash drive is full, you can right mouse click on the Desktop Flash Drive icon and select "Dismount." Remove Flash drive and copy files to another computer. Re-insert Flash drive into unbootable system to recover additional files.
- To "Exit" Puppy Linux, click "Menu," "Shutdown," and "Reboot." You will be presented with a screen asking to save any personal settings. Arrow over to "Do Not Save" and press <Enter>. The system will reboot. Remove the CD.