Will Windows 10 Automatic repair delete my data ? Help!

We have an AlienWare/Dell desktop with an 512 GB PCIe that will not boot up. It attempts to start the "Automatic Repair" process but we are not sure if that will delete all of our files. Does anyone know if the Automatic repair process will delete all of our files as part of that process? More specificlly we need to recover two iPhone backups stored in the User/App Data/Roaming/Apple Computer/MobileSync/Backup directory.

We also were able to remove the PCIe drive and attach it to our Tableau PCIe Write Blocker. That allowed us to view the drive via Windows Explorer but the damn App Data directory was  locked up tight via Windows 10 permissions.

This is getting very frustrating. I am thinking about letting Windows run Automatic Repair and then manually accessing the iPhone backup files we need and then just copying it out 'live'.

Any suggestions are appreciated. Thank you,

C.M. "Mike" Adams, EnCE, LCE, LPIOwner & Chief Forensics ExaminerAsked:
Who is Participating?

[Product update] Infrastructure Analysis Tool is now available with Business Accounts.Learn More

I wear a lot of hats...

"The solutions and answers provided on Experts Exchange have been extremely helpful to me over the last few years. I wear a lot of hats - Developer, Database Administrator, Help Desk, etc., so I know a lot of things but not a lot about one thing. Experts Exchange gives me answers from people who do know a lot about one thing, in a easy to use platform." -Todd S.

Mitul PrajapatiIT SupervisorCommented:

Automatic repair does not delete any data for sure.

If automatic repair doesn't fixed the problem then go to advance repair --> Troubleshoot --> Reset this PC (It is written over there, It will not delete any personal files).

I had the issue yesterday and I have choose reset this PC with do not delete the data files.    After  logging in I got my use profile back... Nothing has been deleted. (I have Dell optiplex 7050 PC).

Experts Exchange Solution brought to you by

Your issues matter to us.

Facing a tech roadblock? Get the help and guidance you need from experienced professionals who care. Ask your question anytime, anywhere, with no hassle.

Start your 7-day free trial
N ChinCommented:

Windows Automatic Repair does not delete data files.
A prompt for an Automatic Repair may be an indication that the hard drive has/is developing bad sectors, or is failing.

I suggest that you boot the PC from a "Live" Linux OS CD/USB media.
The Live Linux OS will ignore any Windows/NTFS permissions, and allow you to copy off any data that you need.

Ubuntu ( https://help.ubuntu.com/community/LiveCD ), KNOPPIX ( http://knopper.net/knoppix ), and Kali Linux ( https://www.kali.org ) are available for free.

You can use Rufus ( https://rufus.akeo.ie/ ) to create a bootable USB Flash drive from the downloaded Live OS ISO.
DonNetwork AdministratorCommented:
"That allowed us to view the drive via Windows Explorer but the damn App Data directory was  locked up tight via Windows 10 permissions."

All you needed to do at that point is to "Take Ownership" of those files/folders
here an easy way for doing so add "take ownership" to context menu : https://www.tenforums.com/tutorials/3841-add-take-ownership-context-menu-windows-10-a.html
C.M. "Mike" Adams, EnCE, LCE, LPIOwner & Chief Forensics ExaminerAuthor Commented:
Thank you all for such clear and accurate responses. Very much appreciated.
It's more than this solution.Get answers and train to solve all your tech problems - anytime, anywhere.Try it for free Edge Out The Competitionfor your dream job with proven skills and certifications.Get started today Stand Outas the employee with proven skills.Start learning today for free Move Your Career Forwardwith certification training in the latest technologies.Start your trial today

From novice to tech pro — start learning today.