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getting stuff off a hard drive

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if windows is not loading and you want to get stuff out of the hard drive , i know you can remove it and connect it via usb to another pc once you have the correct tools etc but is there any other way e.g using a linux boot usb or something???

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You can boot a Linux boot disk or a Windows installation disk and go to a Command Prompt.  From there you can copy data to a USB stick or an external HD.

Unless it is particularly difficult to remove the hard drive, I'd remove it and install it in an inexpensive external case.  You may find this far more convenient in the long run.
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by:dbrunton
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You could use a Linux Boot CD and that should be able to see the hard disk.  Then put a USB stick in and copy the data to the USB stick.

As for which Linux Boot CD, possibly Knoppix  http://knopper.net/knoppix/index-en.html but other experts may make other recommendations.
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by:Rich Weissler
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I've used the Ultimate Boot CD in the past, and there are instructions to making a bootable USB.  (UBCD has a lot of tools...  and the Parted Magic option includes a GUI desktop which included a file manager tool, and other recovery tools.)

Is that the sort of thing you were looking for?
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Basically something that could see the HD and you can copy and paste everything like documents etc
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Have a look on this video tutorial which shows how to get the files copied out from unbootable system: https://www.experts-exchange.com/videos/429/How-to-copy-out-quickly-files-from-the-system-which-won't-boot-anymore-using-Paragon-Rescue-Kit-14-F.html
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by:nobus
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if you do not want to remove the drive from the system, you can boot from any live cd, or usb stick - and then copy the files needed
as said above, UBCD is one of them, Knoppix another that i have used with success
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by:Danny Child
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It can be easier or cheaper to just open the case on a different working PC and plug in the hard disk on the SATA connections there.  No need to buy an external USB caddy.  

Check that the disk is seen in the BIOS - if not, you've got no chance of reading it, no matter what you boot from.  

If you can see it there, but Windows can't access any data, my next tool of choice would be GetDataBack from www.runtime.software.  Free to try, and it will show a preview of what it can recover, but you have to pay to actually do it. $80, I believe.   But, it's a lifetime licence, and I'd spend it again in a heartbeat to get back missing photos, etc.  I never found Recuva or PhotoRec or other competitors to be anywhere near as good.
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