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Recover your data after system failure with Hiren’s boot

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How to Recover Files Using Hiren’s Boot

Experiencing a computer crash can be a nerve-wracking situation, often accompanied by the fear of losing important files forever. However, it’s important to clarify that a “crashed” computer doesn’t necessarily mean it won’t turn on it simply signifies a severe malfunction. Regardless of the terminology, recovering your precious files from such a predicament can be achieved with a remarkable tool called Hiren’s BootDisk. We shall discuss in this guide how to recover your data after system failure with Hiren’s boot.To prevent data loss in the event of a system crash see Microsoft OneDrive Setup: Files On-Demand & Key Features.

Hiren’s BootDisk is a powerful solution, with a collection of programmes that may bring your computer back to life and retrieve any data you might have lost. This versatile disk packs a vast array of utilities that come together in a cohesive arsenal, empowering users to tackle various issues from a single platform.

Here are some related posts: Useful Tutorial on CBackup Software, How to back up an Azure VM from the VM settings, and how to setup Veeam Backup for Microsoft Azure. This guide walks you through the step-by-step process of recovering your data using Hiren’s boot utilities.

Steps to Recover Files Using Hiren’s Boot

Visit the Hiren’s BootCD website to Download the HBCD_PE_x64.iso file.

Recover your data after system failure with Hiren's boot: Hiren's download page
Hiren’s download page

Create a bootable USB Disk USB by following these instructions

Recover your data after system failure with Hiren's boot: Bootable USB instruction
Bootable USB instruction

Once the bootable disk is ready, boot the crash computer from it. This process allows you to bypass the compromised system and access a secure environment.

Upon successful booting to the desktop environment, select “Utilities” folder on the desktop.

Recover your data after system failure with Hiren's boot: Double click Recuva to start
Double click Recuva to start

Double click on Recuva application in the utilities folder to open up the Recuva recovery tool.

Restoring Lost Files with Recuva Data Recovery Utility

Choose File Type: Select the specific file type (e.g., documents, photos, videos) you intend to recover. Alternatively, opt for “All Files” to cast a wider net in your search for lost data.

Select All files
Select All files

Specify File Location

Designate the drive where the files resided before their untimely deletion, setting the stage for Recuva’s search.

Choose the file specific file location
Choose the file specific file location

Commence Scanning

Press “Start” and witness Recuva embark on its scanning mission. If initial results are not satisfactory, consider enabling the “Deep Scan” option to enhance the search.

Click start to begin the recovery
Click start to begin the recovery

Wait for Completion: Exercise patience as Recuva’s scanning process unfolds, laying the groundwork for potential recoverable files.

Navigate Through Scan Results: Once the scan completes, a landscape of detected files appears, each marked with colored dots that signify their recoverability status. Green dots indicate files in prime condition for recovery, while orange and red dots denote varying levels of corruption.

Switch to Advanced Mode: Simplify your search by transitioning to advanced mode. Here, you can employ various strategies to locate your desired files:

Switch to advance mode
Switch to advance mode

a. Search by file name.
b. Sort files by various criteria such as File Name, Source Path, Size, and Date.
c. Utilize the “Tree view” under Options for a refined search if you remember the destination path before deletion.

Recover the Files: Once you pinpoint the files you aim to recover, check the respective boxes and click “Recover.” Select a safe destination for these files, ensuring it differs from the source drive.

Click Recover to start the recovery process
Click Recover to start the recovery process

Retrieve Your Files: As the recovery process concludes, your restored files will reside in the destination you designated. To maximize chances of success, consider rerunning Recuva with the “Deep Scan” option if needed.

Critical Note: Ensuring Successful Backups

While embarking on the journey to secure your data, remember this cardinal rule: if you are backing up an entire hard drive, the destination directory must have higher storage capacity than the space consumed on the source drive. Avoid saving the retrieved files onto the same storage medium from which they were initially deleted.


By following the steps outlined in this guide, you equip yourself with the power to recover files, reclaim control, and emerge from the shadows of a computer crash with your data intact.

I hope you found this blog post helpful on Recover your data after system failure with Hiren’s boot. Please let me know in the comment section if you have any questions.

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