How to Recover Files and Folders after a System Crash?

Your computer screen may return a bluescreen error, the operating system takes a long time to boot, the system is too slow in displaying files or applications which you are trying to access, etc. These are all the signs that a system might crash or the hard drive about to die. So it is advised to have a backup of important files especially when you start experiencing such situations. But system crashes are known to be abrupt and disastrous.If you happen to encounter a disastrous situation where your operating system has crashed, the data residing on the disk becomes completely inaccessible or lost. Fortunately, this article guides you with simple methods on how to recover data after the system crashes effortlessly. But let us first understand the reasons for the system crash

Causes for operating system crash

  1. Hardware driver conflict
  2. Corrupt Windows registry
  3. Overheating of the system
  4. Application malufunciton
  5. Corrupted BIOS
  6. Virus or malware
  7. Issues related to motherboard or memory

How to Recover Data after a System Crash?

The possibility of data recovery after a system crash depends upon the cause of data loss. If you have lost unsaved data while working on a file and document, you can try to find the files, if the application has an autosave function. If old or existing files or folders have disappeared after systems crash you will need a reliable data recovery tool.

Once the operating system crashes and turns inaccessible, you can try to boot the system using safe mode. However, through safe mode and system restore you will only be able to boot the operating system and restore Windows files and settings.

Booting the Operating System using Safe Mode

In the case of a system crash, follow the below methods to boot the operating system

Step 1:  Run safe mode

Safe mode is a diagnostic mode in the Windows based computers. When in Safe Mode the Windows OS loads with default drivers and applications only. This takes care of system crashes that happen due to corruption, driver errors or malware infection.

  • Start your computer, and press the F8 key repeatedly before showing the Windows logo
  • Under the Advanced Boot Options window, select Safe Mode.
  • Shutdown and restart the computer, then see if the problem is solved.

Note: The function key in this case "F8" can vary depending on the computer manufacturer.

Step 2: Perform System Restore in Safe Mode

System restore can recover your computer to an early date, including Windows files and settings. If your computer crash is due to registry errors, driver conflicts or OS errors, you can try perform system restore in safe mode

  • Start your computer in safe mode.
  • Summon the system restore Window. You can click Start menu > All Programs > Accessories > System Tools > System Restore.
  • Choose a restore point and click Next. In this window, you should check the recommended restore date. But if the restore point is not working as expected, you still can choose a different restore point/ date.
  • Confirm the settings are correct and click Finish. 

Note: The method mentioned can only be implemented only if you are able to boot your operating system with safe mode. If the above-methodologies do not work out for you, don’t panic. Follow the steps mentioned below to retrieve lost data after a computer crash.

Recover Data after a System Crash using a Remo Data Recovery Tool

Remo Hard Drive Recovery is a reliable recovery tool that can restore the lost data from the system after a crash effortlessly. The tool is programmed with a scanning engine that can recover lost or deleted data with ease. The software has two scan engines Normal scan and Deep scan

The Deep scan option scans the hard disk and recovers the data sector by sector. It also has the capability to recover data from bad sectors. Since most system crashes result in corruption of the drive, the Deep Scan feature can help you retrieve entire data on the drive even when it is inaccessible or formatted.

Remo Recover tool recovers data from various storage mediums such as flash memory cards, external USB drives, hard disks, etc. Files from FAT16, FAT32, NTFS, exFAT, and many more file systems can be recovered in a short time. The tool is also very efficient to recover data after installing a fresh copy of the operating system. Follow the steps mentioned below to recover data from the crashed system.

Steps to Recover Data after a System Crash

  • To recover files after system crash, you need a USB cable, a storage device like USB flash drive or CD/DVD and a working computer
  • Take out your hard drive.
  • Connect the crashed hard drive to a working computer via USB cable. If you can access the content on the hard drive, you should copy it to your USB flash hard drive. If not, you can employ data recovery software
  • Download Remo Recover software and install it on your system
  • Launch the software by double-clicking on the desktop icon and select Recover Partitions option from the main screen
  • Next, select the drive from which you want to recover data and click on the Scan button to start scanning process
  • After scanning, a list of recovered files is shown. Preview the files and save the restored data on a location of your choice

Bonus tip: In case you have lost files from your system because of an unexpected shutdown, do not worry.  Here is more information on how to recover the deleted file after sudden shutdown of the computer.

How to avoid System Crash in Future:

  1. Do not run too many applications at a time. Close the program that you are not currently using
  2. Always check for the available disk space. Try not to overload it
  3. Keep your antivirus updated, in order to filter out new viruses entering from the internet
  4. Upgrade your operating system along with the drivers
  5. Try to keep your system clean and dust-free
How to Recover Files and Folders after a System Crash? was last modified: June 30th, 2021 by John Harris

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