There are basically 2 ways to recover data if the hard drive isn't damaged:
- slaving the hard drive to another computer and using that computer to copy the data.
- using a bootable, Live OS and external media (such as a flash drive or USB external hard drive) to copy the data to.
Slaving the hard drive requires taking the drive out of the system and then connecting it to the other computer.
This is most often done using a drive "caddy" that connects the drive to a device that plugs into your USB port(s)
Using a bootable Live OS first requires the ability to work in that OS.
Mostly you'll have to be able to copy things from the internal hard drive to the external one. In addition to the bootable Live OS, you'll also need a flash drive or external hard drive to copy the files to.
If unable to do that, you can also image the hard drive with a program such as Acronis True Image (this is pay-for software - about $50 US)
Then you'd use the Acroinis Image Explorer to copy the data from the image.
Finally, the easiest thing to copy is the "Users" folder. You'll get extra stuff that you don't need - but it'll have most everything that you have saved.
Make sure that you set the system to view hidden and system files.
Please post back for any clarification you may need.
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