If your laptop’s not turning on or it’s displaying a blue screen (BSOD) before you can even get into the desktop, you may need to restore the laptop back to factory settings to have a working computer again.
If you perform a factory restore, you’ll also lose all your data including the photos and data that you wanted to recover, so you’ll need to first to recover your images.
But how to do that if your laptop won’t even turn on? Easy.
What you’ll need:
- Phillips head screwdriver
- The broken laptop
- A working computer/laptop
- External hard drive enclosure or dock
2. Put the hard drive into an external hard drive dock that’s plugged into a working computer.
3. Your computer will recognise the drive. Access it via My Computer (Windows) or on the Desktop (Mac)
4. Find the files that you want to backup (photos, documents, game save files, etc) and drag them into the working computer’s desktop or a USB drive that’s connected to it.
5. After you play the waiting game (the duration depends on how many files and what size they are), that’s it!
BONUS: I went into Safe Mode (press the F8 key when the laptop boots up) and performed a System Restore to get rid of the blue screen problem that was facing the laptop.
Simple, quick, and fast.
I just recovered final year uni work & child's photos from a friend's broken laptop. She's going to be happy.This is why I like being a geek
— Matthew Wu (@matthewwu) July 19, 2015
Only a few hours work and you get nice comments like these 🙂
Totally worth it.