How to Recover Your Programs and Files When Your Computer Is Broken Or Dead


WINDOWS:  When your computer crashes, it can be a nightmare. If you don’t have a backup of your files, then you’ll have to spend hours reinstalling programs and waiting for the computer to load every single file from scratch.

But don’t worry! There’s a way of computer data recovery to recover your files and get back to the system setup you want in a matter of minutes. In this blog post, we’ll cover how to recover your programs and files when your computer is broken or dead.

Create a System Image on a CD

One of the most important things you can do to recover your programs and files is to create a system image of your computer on a CD. When your computer crashes, you’ll be able to use this disk to restore all the programs and files on your hard drive. This will save you hours of reinstalling programs and waiting for them to load. To create a system image on a CD, plug in an external USB or optical drive and open up Computer Management by pressing Windows Key + R and typing “compmgmt.msc”. Right-click on the External DVD Drive and select “Create Disk Image…”. Select an appropriate location for the disk image as well as a name, then click “Next.” Now, wait until the process completes.

Restore Your System Image

The first thing you’ll need to do is restore a backup of your system image from DVD or a USB drive. If possible, you’ll want to use an external hard drive as the process will take up about 4GB of space on your computer. This can be especially helpful for computers that viruses have broken.

If you don’t have a backup of your system image, the next best thing you can do is restore specific files and programs. The best way to do this would be to use a specific free program called Recuva. With this program, you can recover individual files and pieces of software that were deleted or lost in any data wipeout. If you’ve had your computer for a while now and haven’t updated it with the latest operating system, then you may not be able to use Recuva. But if it’s still working with good speed and power, it should work just fine.

If none of these options work for you, then there’s nothing else you can do but reinstall all your programs and start over from scratch. Hopefully, this post has given you some ideas on avoiding this process by backing up your system image or saving individual files before they’re lost forever.

What to do if the OS is Corrupted

If your computer is crashing or freezing and the operating system is corrupted, one of the easiest ways to fix it is by installing a fresh version of Windows. All of your programs and files will still be there waiting for you when you do this. You need to back up any data that’s not in your documents folder.

Create a bootable USB drive

One of the easiest ways to recover your files is by creating a bootable USB drive. This involves downloading a program to create the USB drive and then accessing your broken computer. The program will copy all of your data onto the USB drive, and you can take it with you on any other computer connected to the internet. All that’s left to do is plug in your USB drive, restart your computer, and hope for the best.

Another way to recover programs and files is by using a cloud backup service like Dropbox or Google Drive. These services allow you to store all of your files online to be accessible from any other device connected to the internet. And if anything happens to your computer or phone, you’ll never have to worry about losing your data again. These cloud backup services offer automatic backups so that you never have to remember when it’s time for another backup job.

How to recover your files

The first step to restoring your system is locating your hard drive. If you’re using a laptop, then your hard drive is most likely at the bottom of the laptop. However, if you’re using a desktop, it’s typically located on the floor or inside one of the side panels. The next step is to connect your hard drive to another computer with an external enclosure. Once it’s connected, you’ll need to either use Disk Utility on Mac or ‘chkdsk’ on Windows to fix any errors that are preventing you from accessing your files.

What to do if you don’t have a system image

If you have any programs or files currently installed, then it’s a good idea to back them up. If you don’t have a system image, download SuperStor for Windows or Disk Clone for Mac. Then install the program and follow the on-screen instructions. Once your hard drive has been cloned, shut down your computer and disconnect all its cables. You can now insert your USB flash drive into the computer’s USB port and boot it up with SuperStor or Disk Clone to restore your programs and files.


The tips and tricks in this article will help you get your life back to normal when your computer dies. Your system image will make it easy to restore everything from your operating system to your favorite programs and files. And if your computer is beyond repair, you can create a bootable USB drive and use it to recover your files and programs.

There’s nothing worse than when your computer dies. Make sure you take precautions and plan to restore everything that needs preserving. It’ll save you a lot of time and heartache when disaster strikes.


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