With Parted Magic there are no running programs similar to Windows as it's on a live linux disk.
Edit: To confirm, is it the recovery drive in your computer read only or is it both partitions on the External drive. If it's the external drive's partitions that are read only you can still recover to the internal drive of your computer or another attached external drive.
Are you trying to recover the data to a Windows 10 computer? Do you have another USB external drive to attach to use as a recovery drive?
We may need to use a more modern distro to access the recovery drives as read and write but if the recovery drive being used is on a Windows 10 computer post back.
In case you do have Windows 10 first disable Fast Startup in Windows 10.
After disabling fast startup shutdown the computer using the command prompt. Press the Windows key + X > cmd
Type the following
Then reboot the computer with the UBCD and see if Parted Magic detects your recovery drives as read and write and not read only.
If they are still read only then download fatdog64 and use Rufus to create a bootable USB flash drive.
Fatdog copy instructions;
Boot Fatdog to the desktop. In the lower left of the desktop you will see your partitions listed as sda1...sda2...sda3...etc. On an upgraded computer from 7 or 8 you will see quite a few. Normally your Windows partition will be on sda3 for Windows but it may be different in your case. Click once on the sda3 partition icon. The partition should mount and a File Manager Window will open. If you do not see your files/folders then close the Window and click on another sdaX icon until you find the partition you wish to recover files to. Once you find your correct recovery partition attach your external USB drive. A USB icon will appear on the desktop. Click once on it and another File Manager Window will open. You can resize and move the two windows until they are side by side by left clicking and dragging the corner and title bar similar to Windows. Once you have both windows side by side highlight the data you want to copy by pressing Ctrl and left clicking or left clicking and dragging a window around your files/folders. You only need to click once to open a folder in Fatdog. Once you have your files/folders highlighted drag them from the USB external drive window to the sdaX recovery drive window. A small dialog window will open. Select Copy and check the quiet box. Don't forget your browser bookmarks or email if using a client. Once all your files are copied exit out of Fatdog. You may want to open a few to see if the copy was successful
Note: If you have two internal drives one for Windows and one for data the Windows partitions would be labeled sdaX and the data drive partitions sdbX.
Please post back any questions if the above instructions were not clear.
Edited by JohnC_21, 07 December 2016 - 09:03 AM.