How can I backup data from an operating system that will not boot?

Vanja Gorgiev September 17, 2012

I have one OS that will not even boot, and now I installed another one on the other local disk. So I need to save my Torrent list from the broken OS. Any ideas how to do that?

  1. mohit kumar
    October 28, 2012 at 5:30 am

    Use a bootable Ubuntu usb disk and then you can recover it.

  2. Elrick Browne
    September 30, 2012 at 4:13 am

    or if you got a hold of a linux live cd like ubuntu then you just boot up from the cd and the 2 hard drives would get mounted automatically then you can copy what you want without installing the OS

  3. hemanth
    September 20, 2012 at 6:16 am

    try with live boot cd the download link is below

  4. Moazzam Naeem
    September 19, 2012 at 5:02 pm

    install windows 7, it will not delete your older operating system if you don't format the c drive. then take out the data from the c directory where you installed your torrent.

  5. Michael Jan Moratalla
    September 19, 2012 at 1:09 pm

    put the hard drive to another system unit that's how I do it.

  6. Sebastian Hadinata
    September 19, 2012 at 1:32 am

    I'll suggest using Linux LiveCD to try and recover your torrent list, you can try and use Ubuntu LiveCD just to access your windows partition and copy your important data & torrent list somewhere else. Btw, what Torrent application are you using?

  7. Jason
    September 19, 2012 at 12:36 am

    A live Linux CD would be the easiest way to access the old file system. but as a few people here have noted if the hardware itself is damaged and unreadable (unless you want to pay couple of hundred to thousand for hdd recovery services) you may just need to start over.

  8. illegal3alien
    September 19, 2012 at 12:35 am

    Just copy them out of AppData if you're broken install is Windows. If the hard drive is failing, you should use ddrescue to make a copy first, then try and get the files out of what was copied.

  9. GrrGrrr
    September 18, 2012 at 5:12 pm

    use a live CD and copy all ur torrent downloaded data & program file folder for torrent.
    also copy the torrent data folder in Application Data folder.

  10. Ravi Meena
    September 18, 2012 at 4:23 pm

    yes use a live ubuntu disk, and copy all your files on external hard drive

  11. raj gopal
    September 18, 2012 at 3:04 pm

    good question,
    i had this problem to,
    and the solution is even simple
    just install puppy linux or ubuntu on a flash pendrive (ask your friend or incase if you have an extra laptop)
    goto youtube and search and follow the how to's procedure
    after installing the live on on usb, boot in and install utorrent and save your torrent list..done!!

    given my idea!! hope it helps..

  12. ha14
    September 18, 2012 at 1:46 pm

    Install the torrent on your new hard drive then copy paste your old torrent folder to the new one and also in Torrent interface be sure to check preference for Location of Download ed Files.

    Utorrent: How to move your torrents easily and effortlessly

    BEncode Editor

    The .dat files you are looking for are here :
    Back them somewhere else

  13. susendeep dutta
    September 18, 2012 at 11:34 am

    Try live booting using some Linux distro like Ubuntu,Linux Mint and then it'll be able to browse all of your files present on the local drive .You can recover data using Hiren's boot CD too -

    Also,EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard WinPE Edition is useful -

  14. Timo Reimerdes
    September 18, 2012 at 6:35 am

    You can always try and get a linux live cd like from and boot it up - choose "try ubuntu" - it gives you the whole ubuntu linux desktop without modifying anything on your drives.

    See if you can access your partitions of the old OS and I guess then it depends on what application you were using.

    Also if your old harddrive is physically broken, you might not have a chance to recover the data at all (forensic data recovery is expensive!).

  15. Nikhil Kulkarni
    September 18, 2012 at 4:17 am

    Awesome... Thanks for the help...

  16. Nikhil Kulkarni
    September 18, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Cool... This looks great...:)

  17. Eserpess der
    September 18, 2012 at 1:28 am

    If all else fails try recovery software...not shore how well it will go though

  18. Mike
    September 18, 2012 at 12:51 am

    If you boot from the working system can you see and access the hard drive with the damaged system on?
    In that case all you have to do is navigate to either your user folder or the torrent applications folder. The currently active torrent files should be in there somewhere.

    For more detailed help you will have to provide more information about the state of the damaged system and hard drive, the Windows version and the used torrent application.

  19. Jordan
    September 18, 2012 at 12:38 am

    what i woudl do is go into the working OS and search through the files of the other OS, try and pull the torrent list from there. should be within the C: drive somewhere where your program is located

  20. Jhon H. Caicedo
    September 18, 2012 at 12:26 am

    A little more detail will help, you didn't specify which torrent application are you using.

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