Solved – Data Recovery after Blue Screen of Death

Blue Screen of Death!!!
It is a Stop Error which no one wants to face. However, most computer users are believed to have encountered this error. Sometimes, the issue of "blue screen of death" can be fixed by operating system rebooting. However, sometimes, this issue is too serious to be fixed. In this situation, you cannot access files stored on your PC. Therefore, once you encounter the blue screen death issue and cannot fix by restating, you had better recover missing data before fixing this issue. Otherwise, the original data might be overwritten, and there is no way to recover them.

Recover Data after Blue Screen of Death

Let's start with a true example:

My computer has the BSOD, I want to retrieve some files before I use my recovery disks. I hooked up my hard drive adapter and I still see the BSOD...HELP!!!!

In general, if you cannot access your computer data because of the BSOD error, don't need to feel panic since data recovery companies as well as data recovery software can help to get missing files back. And here, considering data recovery companies require high recovery fees and may leak customer's privacy, we think you had better turn to a piece of professional data recovery software equipped with high security and powerful data recovery competence. Now, MiniTool Power Data Recovery, a flexible recovery tool, is recommended here. Next, let's discuss 2 ways to recover missing data after BSOD error by using this powerful data recovery software.

Solution One - Recover Data with MiniTool Power Data Recovery

Tips: You can download the free edition to have a try.

Step 1: remove your hard drive from original computer with blue screen of death, and then connect it to a new computer running normally as a second hard drive. Please make sure that this hard drive can be recognized after connecting. (Here, suppose that we remove Windows 10 hard drive, and then connect it to Windows 8 to get back missing data.)

Step 2: download MiniTool Power Data Recovery, then install it on computer, and launch it to get its main interface. (Note: never install it on the drive containing lost data since that can cause irretrievable data loss.) After that, select a suitable recovery module from the main interface. Here, you can try clicking Damaged Partition Recovery, since lost files could be recovered by using this module as long as the partition exists.

main interface win 8

Step 3: select the target hard drive and full scan it.

full scan win 8

Step 4: check all needed files and save them on a safe place. It is recommended to store needed files on another drive or partition.

save win 8

Tips: if you are recovering some precious photos like wedding photos, you can preview them before saving, as shown below.

preview win 8

See! With this professional data recovery software, you can quickly recover missing data.
However, what if we don't want to remove hard drive from the current computer or what if there are no extra computers to use? In this situation, is it possible to directly recover lost data from computer with blue screen of death?
Of course, we can.
Now, let's see the details.

Solution Two - Recover Data with Power Data Recovery Bootable Disk

If you want to recover data from computer directly, you can try using MiniTool Power Data Recovery Boot Disk. Here, you can download the demo edition to have a try.

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Our previous post "Data Recovery Boot CD can be used to recover data when OS crashed" will show how to create boot disk with Bootable Media Builder as well as some related information.

After making a boot disk, connect it to computer. Then, restart computer, and press F2 or another key (the access way differs from computer to computer; you may Google it yourself) to enter the BIOS settings menu. Next, change settings in order to boot from this removable boot disk. After that, you will see the following window, and you are supposed to choose "MiniTool Power Data Recovery V7.0" to continue.

MiniTool Power Data Recovery V7.0

Note: after choosing the "MiniTool Power Data Recovery V7.0", you will receive a warning, as shown below. Here, if you have already connected a removable disk to your PC to store needed files, click OK to continue.


Now, choose Damaged Partition Recovery in the main interface.

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After choosing a suitable recovery module, you will be given detailed operating prompts. Just do as told.

Note: although the demo edition can help to scan lost files, it is unable to save needed files, as shown below.


At this time, you can buy the combine edition to get missing data back.

I used this MiniTool Power Data Recovery Boot disk to easily recovered lost data after BSOD.

Conclusion: if you encounter the blue screen of death error and cannot access your files, you can try using MiniTool Power Data Recovery or its boot disk to restore lost files without affecting the original data, for this software can ensure data security all the time. If, however, you find yourself full of doubts over whether this is the right recovery option for you, you might find the following 2 posts helpful: How To Recover Data From Hard Disk Without OS – Analysis & Tips, and Meet The Best Way To Recover Files From Broken Computer.

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Now, after recovering data after blue screen of death, it's time to fix this error.
But, how?

How to Fix - Blue Screen of Death

As a matter of fact, if you want to successfully solve the blue screen of death issue, you had better know what Blue Screen of Death is, and why this error happens at first. Knowing the exact reason, you can solve the problem with ease.

What is Blue Scree of Death

The Blue Screen of Death error (also known as BSOD Error, Blue Screen Error or STOP Error) is an error screen displayed on a Windows computer system after a fatal system error, also known as a system crash.

Blue Screen of Death

Once this error occurs, your system may stop responding and fail to boot and all data which are stored on your computer become inaccessible.

What Causes Blue Scree of Death

As we know, software incompatibilities may lead to the blue screen of death error. To be specific, BSOD error occurs with incompatible versions of DLLs: Windows will load DLLs into memory when they are needed by application programs. However, if versions are changed, the next time an application loads the DLL it may be different from what the application expects. These incompatibilities increase over time as more new software is installed and is one of the main reasons why a freshly-installed copy of Windows is more stable than an "old" one.

In addition to issues with low-level software running in the Windows kernel, BSOD error also can be caused by other reasons such as incorrect Windows security update, virus attack or malware invasion (this may cause MBR or system files damaged), mistaken operations (set wrong partition active), low disk space in C drive, power supply issues, overheating of devices, etc.

After knowing what blue screen of death is and what causes this error, let's learn how to solve this issue.

How to Fix the Blue Screen of Death on Windows

Here, to fix the BSOD error, you can try the following methods:

1: Undo newly made changes
Let's suppose: you received the BSOD error after you had installed a new program or a piece of hardware, updated a driver, installed an update, etc. At this time, there's a very good chance that the change you made caused the BSOD error. Now, to solve this STOP Error, you can undo the change you made. Here, depending on what change you made, some solutions might include:
Start Windows using Last Known Good Configuration (Advanced) to undo recent registry and driver changes.
Use System Restore to undo recent system changes.
Roll back device driver to version prior to your driver update.

2: Check your computer's internal hardware
A poor connection inside the computer can cause a blue screen of death, so open your case and check to make sure that all the cables are firmly connected and that any cards are seated firmly in their sockets.
Note: all checks should be done after power has been off. And, if you do not have a good understanding of the internal structure of the computer, please turn to a professional.

Check your computer’s internal hardware

3: Run a virus scan
As we know, some viruses can cause a blue screen of death, especially the one that infects the master boot record (MBR) or system files. Here, you can boot computer from Safe Mode with Networking, then launch the installed antivirus and perform a full system scan to find anything that could be causing problems.

Safe Mode With Networking

4: Update drivers for your hardware.
Sometimes, blue screens of death are hardware or driver related so updated drivers could fix the cause of the STOP error.

5: Update your BIOS
In some situations, outdated BIOS could cause a blue screen of death due to certain incompatibilities. If you are using outdated BIOS, update it.

6: Clear up hard disk space
If there is not enough free space on your primary partition used for the Windows operating system, you not only receive the BSOD error, but also can encounter some other issues like data corruption. (Here, if you want to recover lost data, you can try using MiniTool Power Data Recovery since it can help to recover data that have been lost in a variety of ways.)

Although Microsoft recommends that you maintain at least 100MB of free space, you had better keep at least 15% of a drive's capacity free at all times, and you can remove unnecessary files and programs if you have less than 15% of your hard disk free.

7: Return hardware settings to default
Non-default hardware settings have been known to cause a BSOD error, and this is known to all. So, you are supposed to return hardware settings to default in Device Manager.

8: Reinstall Windows
If the above 7 solutions cannot help you solve the Stop Error, you can try full reinstallation of Windows as a way to reset your computer. Note: make sure that you have backed up all important data before doing so, as your hard drive will be formatted for the install process.
Of course, there are some other solutions which can help to solve the blue screen of death error. Right here, if you want to know more, you can read our previous post Perfect Solutions to Black Screen Error When Booting Windows.

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Are you still worrying about the Stop Error? Are you still worrying about data loss caused by the blue screen of death error?

Now, with the development of software technology, you can find that the professional, green, yet simple data recovery software, MiniTool Power Data Recovery, can help to effectively and quickly recover data after blue screen of death without. Besides, this is a read-only tool, so it can help to recover missing data without affecting the original data. What's more, this all-in-one data recovery tool can support various operating systems including Windows Vista/XP, Windows7/8, Windows 10 and more.

Now, after reading the above introduction, I guess you might have a basic understanding about how to carry out data recovery after blue screen of death and how to fix the BSOD error. Should you have any questions, please feel free to leave it in the following comments or send email to [email protected]. We will read it over carefully.

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