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How to Recover Data from Crashed Computer

This article describes the steps of creating bootable media and booting the computer from the bootable media.

Updated on 2022-07-29

Applies to:
EaseUS Data Recovery Bootable Media


Sometimes, the computer is crashed and it is not possible to install EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on it. However, our software offers an easy-to-use method to recover all data from unbootable computers for any reason.

Create a Bootable Drive

1. Find Crashed PC Recovery option in the left side. Select it and click Go to Recover.
 
2. You will be asked to connect a USB drive to create a bootable drive. Select the drive, then click Create to continue.
 
3. A warning message pops up, stating that creating the bootable media will erase all the data on the USB drive. Click Create to continue.
 
4. The creation starts and completes automatically. Once the bootable drive is created successfully, please connect it to the crashed computer.
 

Boot from the Bootable Drive

1. Start the Computer and Press Hotkey

Connect the USB drive to the crashed computer, immediately and repeatedly press the BIOS Hotkey after the power on button is pressed.

Some manufacturers might set different hot keys which could be F10, F2, F12, F1, or DEL. Here are some examples for other brand of computers:
ASUS: F2 for all PCs, F2 or DEL for motherboards
Dell: F2 or F12
Lenovo/Lenovo (ThinkPads): F1

2. Enter BIOS Setup Utility

Give it a moment to continue booting till the setup utility is brought up. You might expect slight differences of the layout on different computers, but the operations are basically similar. The instructions for how to move around the BIOS and make changes are listed at the bottom.
 
Please follow the instructions to navigate to Boot tab, or maybe Boot Option, Boot Order, Advanced Options, Advanced BIOS Features on specific computers.

3. Change BIOS Boot Order

When switching to Boot Device Priority, you will find the hard drive is on the top place of the sub-menu, which means BIOS will firstly try to boot Windows computer from the hard disk. If no hard devices are bootable, it will move to next boot device or the third one in a similar way. This is what we called the boot order.
 
Please change the first boot order as the USB flash drive by changing the values. In our example, the values are changed by using the + and - keys.

4. Save Boot Order Changes and Exit BIOS

Before your preference takes effect, you'll need to save the BIOS changes you made. To do that, follow the instructions given to you in your BIOS utility to navigate to the Exit or Save and Exit menu (usually F10).

5. Recover the Files with the Bootable Media Version

Reboot the computer and it will boot from the USB bootable media automatically. You can scan the disks to recover the lost files.
 
6.
How to Change Boot Order for Different Brands

For Lenovo (ThinkPads):

After entering into BIOS, please go to Startup->-Boot, to select the Boot Priority Order.

For Lenovo computers:

After entering into BIOS, please go to Startup, select Primary Boot Sequence to edit the boot order.

For ASUS computers:

After entering into BIOS, please go to Boot and change the boot order in Boot Option Priorities.

For the latest motherboard, please check this screenshot. You can change the boot order in Boot Priority.

For HP computers:

After entering into BIOS, please go to System Configuration->-Boot Options to change the boot order.

For Dell Computers:

After entering into BIOS, please go to Enter Setup->-Boot->- Set Boot Priority to change the boot order.

For the latest motherboard, please check this screenshot. You can change the boot order in General->-Boot Sequence.

If you still have trouble entering into BIOS or changing boot order, to get the most accurate information, check with your PC’s user manual or contact the manufacturer's support team.


Do you need specialized Manual Data Recovery Services?

You may need further help for tough data loss situations like reformatting drive, RAW disk, partition loss, repartition failures, system boot error and virtual disk corruption. Consult with EaseUS Data Recovery Experts for cost-efficient one-on-one manual recovery service. They could offer the following services after FREE diagnosis:

1. Repair corrupted RAID structure
2. Unformat the drive which was formatted by mistake
3. Repair damaged RAW drive that needs to be reformatted (Bitlocker encrypted drive is also supported)
4. Repair unbootable Windows operating system
5. Recover/repair lost partition and reparitioned drive (the one that cannot be recovered by software)

6. Repair corrupted virtual disk file (.vmdk, .vhd, .vhdx, etc.)

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