How to Recover Data after Boot Disk Failure

Question Last week, my best friend received an error message "DISK BOOT FAILURE INSERT SYSTEM DISK AND PRESS ENTER", and she could not access her computer as well as hard drive data! (see picture below)

Recover Data after Boot Disk Failure

Besides, you may also see error messages like "Operating System not found" when starting Windows 7/8/10 computer.

In this situation, after much experiment, we solved this problem effectively.
First, we recover data after boot disk failure.
Second, we reinstall Windows to fix the boot disk failure issue.

Now, you might be wondering:
How to effectively recover data after hard drive fails to boot?

Right here, in today’s post, I am going to show you how to safely recover data from dead hard disk and how to solve the boot disk failure issue and some other related information.

Hard Drive Data Recovery Software Helps Recover Data after Disk Boot Failure


When it comes to data recovery after boot disk failure, you have 2 choices: one is to turn to data recovery companies, and another is to turn to data recovery software.

Considering that data recovery companies need high recovery fees and may leak customers’ privacy, we had better try a piece of professional hard drive data recovery software equipped with high security to recover data from dead hard drive.

MiniTool Power Data Recovery, a green, simple and professional tool developed by MiniTool Solution Ltd. Based in Canada, is recommended here. By using this all-in-one data recovery software, we can effectively recover data after hard drive crash without affecting the original data because of its excellent performance and high security. Besides, this read-only hard drive data recovery program offers clear interface as well as straightforward wizard, thus even a new user can easily finish the job of data recovery after boot disk failure. What's more, this easy-to-use tool supports various operating systems including Windows XP, Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 8/8.1, Windows 10, etc. And, this tool not only can recover data from dead internal drive, but also can recover data from external hard drive, USB drive, SD card, and so on.

Power Data Recovery is a good choice for crashed hard disk data recovery, isn’t it? If you like this tool, share it to help more users who suffer data loss.

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Download the free edition of MiniTool Power Data Recovery and try it.



Next, let's see the detail steps on how to recover data from crashed hard disk.

Steps to Recover Data after Boot Disk Failure


MiniTool Power Data Recovery recovers lost data caused by disk boot failure


Firstly, remove the failed disk from the old computer, and then connect it to another computer as a secondary drive.

Second, launch MiniTool Power Data Recovery to get its main interface as follows.

main interface

In the middle, there are 5 functional modules in total, namely "Undelete Recovery", "Lost Partition Recovery", "Digital Media Recovery", "Damaged Partition Recovery" and "CD/DVD Recovery". The former 4 modules focus on hard disk and removable devices while the last one targets CD or DVD only. Users need to choose the most appropriate module according to actual demands.
At this time, you can try Damaged Partition Recovery to recover lost data caused by disk boot failure. In general, as long as the partition exists, you can easily and quickly recover lost data by using this data recovery module.


Third, select the failed disk drive, and click Full Scan button at the lower right corner to continue.

full scan

Full Scan feature can collect and analyze every byte on the partition, and it will take more time. After scanning, Power Data Recovery will show you a list of partitions on the left side. Select a partition and all files found from this partition will be shown in the middle of the interface, as shown below.


Finally, check all needed data, and then appoint a location to save desired files by clicking Save button which is located at the lower right corner. If you are recovering pictures, you can preview them as long as click Preview feature before saving. It is recommended to store needed files on another drive. Otherwise, the lost data will be overwritten.

save

Note: if the listed partitions do not contain needed data, you can also click on "Back" button in this window to go back to the partition list as shown below.

suggested

Here, you can uncheck other partitions and reserve the most suggested one to show its files only. Or just press "Show Files" button, and then you will see file/folder tree soon again.


Thus, data recovery after boot disk failure is completed.

Note: The free edition of MiniTool Power Data Recovery recovers only 1GB data, click the following button to get its personal edition to recover more data.


Alternatively, if you don't want to remove your failed drive from computer, you can try the following method to directly recover data from failed drive.

MiniTool Power Data Recovery Boot Disk recovers lost data caused by disk boot failure


MiniTool Solution Ltd. also offers MiniTool Power Data Recovery Boot Disk for user to facilitate data recovery when operating system is damaged or recover data from hard drive without operating system. Users can start computer as well as run Power Data Recovery via boot disk.

With this tool, I quickly recovered lost data from dead hard drive.



Aside from CD/DVD Recovery module, Power Data Recovery Boot Disk is capable of fulfilling all data recovery when operating system or disk crashes. MiniTool Power Data Recovery Boot Disk is no less powerful than Windows edition Power Data Recovery in light of function. If you doubt about this, download the demo version to see whether it can find your lost data.


Step1: Download MiniTool Power Data Recovery Bootable Edition and burn it into a CD/DVD or USB flash drive.

Step 2: Boot computer from MiniTool Power Data Recovery Boot Disk to get its main interface as follows, and then click Damaged Partition Recovery.

boot

Step 3: Select the failed hard drive, and click Full Scan button.
Step 4: Check all needed data and all desired files and then click "Save" button to store them on a safe place.

Note: demo edition is able to scan for lost files for free, but you should get its paid edition if you want to save found lost files.


"Important files get lost when disk fails to boot! However, MiniTool Power Data Recovery helped me quickly and effectively recover lost files and data caused by disk boot failure without bringing any damage to the original data. Now, if you encountered "disk boot failure" message, you can also try it to recover data from crashed drive. This read-only professional tool will surprise all of you."

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After talking about data recovery after boot disk failure, it's time to know why hard drive fails to boot and how to solve it.

Overview of Disk Boot Failure


Most computer users may have encountered the "disk boot failure" error message. A true story is shown here:

I'm receiving a "disk boot failure" error each day when I try to boot up my desktop. What does this mean exactly? It appears, with rare exceptions, only when the PC is started each morning. Once or twice in the six weeks since I purchased the computer, the error did not appear. If I shut the PC down and restart it, everything appears to run OK. I've run diagnostics on all the hardware, followed the recommendations on the HP site to correct this error, run chkdsk and talked to the HP tech support. The only thing left is to wipe my hard drive and do a system recovery. Before doing that, I need to know if there is anything else I can try.
--From www.cnet.com


In general, if we browse Windows Forum as well as other major forums and portals, we will find many people have encountered "disk boot failure", "boot disk error", "invalid drive" errors while trying to boot their Windows PC. All messages mean that there is a disk boot error.

As we know, once computer is started, the BIOS tries to find a bootable drive to continue the loading process by starting its first sector. However, if BIOS is unable to find a drive to boot from, then a "Disk Boot Failure" error screen is displayed and the boot process is halted. As a result, we cannot access data stored on this computer.

Below are some possible causes and solutions.

Incorrect BIOS boot order: BIOS, a program which runs at the beginning of a computer startup, tries to find a bootable drive according to its boot device order. Setting a wrong order for the booting devices might leave the computer failing to boot.

Solution: Change BIOS boot order
1) Restart computer.
2) Open the BIOS.
3) Go to the Boot tab.
4) Change the order to position the hard disk as the 1st option.
5) Save these settings.
6) Restart the computer.


Boot Sector Viruses: Some viruses can cause damage to the boot sector of the hard disk. If the boot sector is infected, the hard disk drive fails to boot.

Solution: read this post How to Remove a Boot Sector Virus to know how to solve this issue.


Damaged Disc: If all above solutions cannot solve your issue, then it might be due to damaged hard disk or partition.

Solution: try reinstalling Windows.


In general, all the above-mentioned scenarios could lead to boot failure and data loss. And, if you cannot solve this issue effectively, you can try reinstalling Windows. In general, according to a survey, Windows reinstallation is one of the most effective and directive methods to fix these "disk boot failure", "boot disk error", "invalid drive" errors. However, this method might cause huge data loss disaster because all your Windows installation may delete some partitions and overwrite original data. In this case, you had better recover lost data before reinstalling Windows.

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Many computer users must have encountered partition loss due to some reasons like reinstalling Windows, mistaken deletion, and so on. As a result, all the data in the partition is also lost. In this situation, what should we do? In general, you can try the Lost Partition Recovery feature provided by MiniTool Power Data Recovery to recover data from lost or deleted partition effectively and quickly.


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Summary


Here comes to the end of this article.
In this post, we mainly tell how to effectively and safely recover data after boot disk failure by using MiniTool Power Data Recovery, and Windows reinstallation is an effective method to fix boot disk failure issue.

In a word, if you receive an error message "DISK BOOT FAILURE", you should stay calm and do the following things to solve this issue effectively.
First, turn to MiniTool Power Data Recovery to effectively and quickly recover lost data without damaging the original data.
Then, reinstall Windows to solve the disk boot failure issue.

Now, if you have any problems or suggestions about how to recover lost data caused by disk boot failure via MiniTool Power Data Recovery, welcome to leave us comments in the comment zone, or you can email to [email protected]. Any ideas would be appreciated!

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