How would I recover data from other drives if my C: drive becomes damaged?

1hegame February 11, 2013

If my C: drive gets corrupted or damaged with no way to recover then can I recover data stored in other drives in any way? I just want to know. Thank you for your help.

  1. Chinmay Sarupria
    March 18, 2013 at 2:45 pm

    Reinstall OS in C drive. Nothing will happen to the other drives.

  2. reha andrew
    February 13, 2013 at 9:48 am

    Yeah! you need not to worry your data is safe. And it will remain safe till the time it will not be overwritten. To recover your data you can use a data recovery software for that go online you will see these software in two version free and paid. For the initial results means like to confirm that the software is good or not use the free version and if you will find that free version is nice then for more better results use the paid version. And if still you face any problem then contact a data recover specialist.

  3. Paul Pruitt
    February 12, 2013 at 6:09 pm

    Try looking here for some Linux distributions that are geared toward data recovery:

  4. Nevzat Akkaya
    February 12, 2013 at 12:45 pm

    You can use any live Linux distros out there. You can also use Paragon's free and professional tools. Paragon Rescue Kit ( and Paragon Backup and Recovery (

  5. Arish Dhawan
    February 12, 2013 at 12:26 pm

    you may either run it in safe mode if it works..


    the better way is to install Ubuntu in a pendrive or can easily recover then..

    • Unknown ...
      March 2, 2013 at 7:31 am

      This seems like the answer. Thank you.

  6. Jim Chambers
    February 11, 2013 at 7:57 pm

    If your OS is XP or Vista on the computer your using to recover your files off a seperate physical drive, you may have to go into security and change ownership in order to access the files. Win 7 asks if you what to change ownership and you just hit enter.

  7. Ramandeep Singh
    February 11, 2013 at 4:00 pm

    Now can't I just put a Windows disk and install it on either D or E? I know when I boot I'll either prompted to choose OS or go straight to the Desktop. This should work.

    BTW I have a single HDD partitioned. Thanks for all your response. That helped me.

    I've used Ubuntu for two months but now I'm back to Windows @Brandon_Ragoo

    • Ramandeep Singh
      February 11, 2013 at 4:19 pm

      I thought that reply will not get published therefore I replied again in this comment. MUO comment system.. I don't know how it works.

    • Alan Wade
      February 11, 2013 at 6:40 pm

      To get the data back from your partitions follow the second half of my suggestion, or take out the drive and put it in a working machine. You should then be able to read the data on the other partitions.

    • Bruce Epper
      February 12, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Povided that there is enough free space on the other partitions and it is not a mechanical problem with the drive, you could install Windows on one of the other partitions, but you must make absolutely sure that you tell it to leave all existing partitions alone and not to reformat the drive prior to beginning the installation which would wipe out any data you have stored there.

      The only other item that could be an issue is if you are using BitLocker on your existing partitions. In that case, you are SOL.

  8. Jan Fritsch
    February 11, 2013 at 3:05 pm

    It depends on where the other data is physically stored.

    If it's another logical drive (partition) on the same physical hard drive then it all comes down to the reason for "C:" not being recoverable.
    Some partition or file system corruption could effect one partition while leaving the other one intact. In that case your data would be retrievable. If it's a mechanical error you are facing the same issue as for "C:"

    If the data is on another physical drive they should be retrievable using any other computer e.g. by using an external case or connecting the drive internally.

    Of course certain issues e.g. a power spike could damage all physical drives connected to the same motherboard.

    So all in all there is no conclusive answer as it is situational.

  9. fritz Richard
    February 11, 2013 at 1:54 pm

    One way is if you know how to take your other drives out of your computer and use them on another computer for you to browse and keep the files that you need/want.

  10. Brandon Ragoo
    February 11, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    Erlis D. is correct I was about to say the same, just create a boot able Linux CD or USB and boot into it. After you should be able to access whichever drive it is and back up the data. If you are new to Linux I recommended using Ubuntu. You can also use another method and remove the drive from in your computer attach it to another computer and back up the data.

    • Ramandeep Singh
      February 11, 2013 at 3:53 pm

      I'm not new to it. I've used Linux for 2 months but I'm back to windows. Thanks for your reply.

      • Ramandeep Singh
        February 13, 2013 at 3:03 am


        • Tina Sieber
          February 13, 2013 at 11:07 am

          You can only see the option if you are logged in. It's directly above the list of similar questions.

          However, I already marked the question as resolved for you.

        • Ramandeep Singh
          February 15, 2013 at 4:45 am

          I was thinking of it. I thought that you'll understand that I'm already logged in. The comment I've posted above yours is a comment made while logged in and I've seen "carefully" whole page but nowhere found option to mark resolved. MUO behaves sometimes weird to me. Like my question get posted with my twitter username and replies like this with other name. :??:

        • Tina
          February 15, 2013 at 9:23 am


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          You have at least three different accounts with MakeUseOf. Two with different Gmail addresses, and one with a mailinator address.

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  11. Erlis D.
    February 11, 2013 at 1:09 pm

    I would also suggest booting up from another os, like linux mint, or ubuntu, and see if you can access your files, and back up them into another hdd!

  12. ha14
    February 11, 2013 at 9:56 am

    if you windows see the drive then you can use some backup software, now if windows do not see it then you can buy an identical hard drive and try to transfer the hard disk inside the new one to see if windows will recognize it. If nothing help then you have to seek company help and this will cost you money.

    before arriving to such situation use hard drive health monitoring tool like Active Smart

  13. Alan Wade
    February 11, 2013 at 7:34 am

    If the data is on other drives then once you either repair your C drive or replace it you will be able to read the other drives. Another alternative would be to remove the other drives and put them into a working computer, you be able to read them then.
    If your drive is partitioned and just the C drive (partition) becomes corrupted with bad sectors, then again install a new drive but leave your old one in your machine. When you install Windows onto the new drive it will assume the C drive label. then you will be able to read the other partitions.

  14. Lisa Santika Onggrid
    February 11, 2013 at 6:13 am

    If it's in different drive I'm pretty sure the data will be intact. Just plug it into functioning computer to get the data. If it's one drive partitioned into two, you'd need recovery software.

  15. Junil Maharjan
    February 11, 2013 at 4:45 am

    you will have to use data recovery tools and softwares.

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