There are so many questions as to what happens to my data- now that I have a dead laptop. Did I lose all of the data that I had stored? Am I able to retrieve any of the data that was on my hard drive before the laptop died? What a panic! There are a few ways that you are, in fact, able to retrieve the data from a laptop that wont turn on.

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You want to ensure that you try the basics to see if your laptop could possibly turn back on:


  • Check if the laptop is plugged in
  • Check the lamps
  • Test the hardware
  • Is it display related?
  • Check the cord adaptors. 
I have a dead laptop. What do I do?

However, in the event that your laptop does not turn back on, we’re going to touch on a few ways that you can get the data from your dead laptop.The files are simply inaccessible, but they do remain attached to the hard drive. 

If you so happen to have or have access to a compatible computer or laptop that uses the same platform, you can use it to transfer data from the dead laptop to the compatible device. It will require a disk enclosure that is compatible to the platform that you have.  You will have to find a compatible process to your platform, and remove the hard drive from your laptop.

Be sure that you have enough memory to transfer the files. If you so happen to have little memory available, you can connect an external hard drive. You’ll want to be sure to back up your files the best you can before performing the transfer. However, keep in mind that when you remove the hard drive from the laptop, it could potentially void any warranty that you have on that device. You may want to consider taking it to an expert to prevent voiding the warranty. 

Please, review video below how to revive your dead laptop with a disk enclosure:

Minitool is a free software program that works with MAC and Windows and can solve a variety of data loss scenarios. One of the scenarios includes a dead hard drive. Minitool is a free software, and you can find the download for Windows and MAC at

Not every instance of a laptop turning on is due to hardware. You can use a bootable installer (USB or DVD) to reinstall the software on the laptop. An external hard drive and USB can also be used to transfer the files. You will then need to change the boot sequence in BIOS. 

The copy and paste method- as long as the hard drive is connected prooperly to the laptop, it will show up in Windows Explorer. It will show as a  internal drive, or it will show as an external drive. This will allow to see the data physically, The files you are needing to keep you will copy and paste to the new working hard drive. 

Try to boot the laptop into safe mode. Safe mode is a fail safe for when your laptop, itself, fails. Safe mode is very limited to the things that it can perform. But it is a diagnostic tool. It will fix and identify some software issues. 

Cloud is another great way to retrieve your data. Purchase an external drive to transfer the files to. Of course, your laptop would have needed to be recentky backed up to get the most of your data.USB drives are also good to use in this instance. 

EaseUS Data Recovery Software,, is a commonly used data recovery software that will recover your data from a laptop that won’t turn on. This software tool is compatible for Windows users and MAC users. The software includes teh bootable media that will help transfer your data to an external device. 

Stellar Data Recovery Professional is another commonly used data recovery service that can help retrieve data from a laptop that won’t turn on. The software comes with a feature thata allows you to create a recovery drive. This gives you the ability to build your own bootable installer to insert into the laptop that is unable to turn on. It also will restore the data. 

There is a command that can also be used to recover the files that may be in a corrupted hard drive. The command is CHKDSK, and it can be found in Windows utilities. CHKDSK attempts to fix erros in the system and logical file errors. 

There may come a point that you just have to take the laptop to a professional. They may perform a lot of the same troubleshooting steps that we have discussed in this article, but they have also done it so many more times than any of us have. If your device is under warranty or you have some form of insurance, a professional will be best when it comes down to hardware related issues. A professional has many more careful methods of going about looking into the hardware issues and resolving them in ways that will not void your warranty. 

So, not to fear! Your data is not lost nor will it never ever come back. You can always refer to the troubleshooting options and softwaare we have covered to retrieve your data. You want to ensure that your laptop is backuped up if at all possible, and you will want to ensure that the processes you attempt are compatible with the platform that you have and the hardware that you have. Each process is going to be very specific to the specifications of your device. 

Remember! If you are ever in doubt or you don’t feel comfortable with a process or hardware soluition, take it to a professional! It is better to be safe than sorry, and they can usually help or provide a few tips and tricks that you can try on your own if the situation ever arises again.