Dell PC Data Recovery

Data Recovery in 2021: a complete guide

Dell PC Data Recovery

What to do in case of Dell PC Сrash?

Recovering of of your Dell PC may be required because of failures in the operating system or hardware errors. The reasons for failure can be the PC contamination with unnecessary or malicious software, the presence of broken hard disk sectors, overheating of the motherboard or video card.

The methods of All-in-ones PC operability recovery are very similar to a desktop computer, but there are also some unique features specific to All-in-ones PC only.

Restoring the PC Files

Do you need to restore files from PC?

Use the program to recover deleted files.

When the files are deleted from the Recycle Bin and it is not possible to recover them using operating system standard means, the most effective way is to use the program Hetman Partition Recovery.

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For this:

  • Download the program, install and run it. Check out the features of the program and step by step instructions.
  • By default, the user will be asked to use File Recovery Wizard. Click «Next» button and specify the disk from which you want to recover files.
  • Double-click on the disk and select the type of analysis. Choose «Full analysis» and wait for the disk scanning process completion.
  • After scanning process completion you will be shown the files found. Select the files you want and click the «Restore» button.
  • Select one of the proposed ways to save files. Do not save the recovered files to the disk from which the files were deleted - they can be overwritten.

Restore files from the Recycle Bin

Check Windows Recycle Bin, the files may be stored there. For this:

  • Go to Recycle Bin.
  • Locate the file or folder you want to restore.
  • Right-click on the desired item, and choose Restore in the context menu.

Or select the files or folders you want to restore and click on the corresponding function in the menu of Recycle Bin window: tab Manage / Restore the selected items.

Restoring PC System

Windows restoring methods depend on the cause of system files loss, the availability of data backup copy, etc.

Run the System File Checker sfc /scannow

With this command, you can restore the system files in case Windows is operational and boots.

For this:

  • In the Command prompt, type sfc /scannow command, and then press Enter.
  • Start a Command prompt as an Administrator.
  • After restoring the system files, you’ll need to restart Windows.

Restore Windows from a restore point

Note: Windows return from a restore point only applies to system and software operating system settings. The system rollback deletes all the programs that were installed after its creation and does not restore the files deleted previously.

To return Windows to a restore point, do the following:

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1. Open Control Panel / Restore / Launch System Restore and click Next.

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2. Select a point you need from the list and click Next.

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3. Confirm your restore point and the process will start.

Run the Recovery Environment

If as a result of damage to system files, the operating system loses operability and does not boot, then the recovery environment helps return the files.

You can start it: 1. By pressing F8 key during the computer boot; 2. Using the boot disk (or USB-stick).

Note. The first option is possible only if the boot partition was created during installation of the operating system. This section is created by the system for its recovery and, depending on the system its size can be 100 MB, 350 MB or 450 MB.

When starting the Recovery Environment, choose the item System Restore or Repair your computer. The name of the menu items can vary depending on the version of the operating system and a method for starting the Recovery Environment.

Restoring PC Using Recovery Drive

To return PC operability using recovery drive follow the instructions.

Restore the system using the recovery drive:

  1. Set in the BIOS or UEFI booting of the operating system from CD, DVD or USB drive (depending on the bootable media).
  2. Insert it into the drive (or connect to USB-port) the drive with the system image.
  3. Restart your computer.
  4. In the proposed menu, select Diagnostics / Computer Restore.
    The program will carry out the further work automatically.
  5. Wait until the end of the process and restart the computer.

To create a recovery drive you will need a clean CD / DVD disk or USB-flash stick.

System recovery from an image if Windows boots

  1. Connect the drive with Windows image to a computer.
  2. Open the Control Panel / Recovery

  3. Select a menu item «In the event of a computer fault, go to its settings and try to change them».

  4. In the menu «Special Boot Options», click «Restart Now» key.
  5. After the computer restarts in the proposed menu, select Diagnostics / Advanced Options / System Image Recovery or System Restore (depending on the desired method of recovery).

  6. Continue the recovery process following the instructions of the wizard and clicking the Next button. The program will automatically carry out the further work.
  7. Wait for the end of the process and restart the computer.

System recovery from an image if Windows does not boot

  1. Set in the BIOS or UEFI booting of the operating system from CD, DVD or USB drive (depending on the bootable media).
  2. Insert it into the drive (or connect to USB-port) the drive with the system image.
  3. Restart your computer.
  4. In the proposed menu, select Diagnostics / Computer Restore.
    The program will carry out the further work automatically.
  5. Wait until the end of the process and restart the computer.

Restoring Factory Settings of PC

To restore the system PC applies the same methods as for the desktop computer. A further option to restore on a PC is the possibility to return to the factory settings with the help of a hidden Recovery partition, which is pre-installed by the manufacturer.

Note. When restoring the PC factory settings: all user data from the PC system partition will be deleted; the system partition of PC will be formatted; all the software and apps pre-installed by the manufacturer will be installed.

To restore the PC factory settings:

  1. Start the PC factory settings restore program (system reset).
  2. Select from the menu the function of System Restore (or factory settings) and follow all the system instructions.
  3. Wait until the end of the process and restart the computer.

Note. In various PCs this occurs differently. For some manufacturers this utility is started by pressing one or a combination of keys while switching the PC on while others carry out the process using their own software (typically pre-installed).

PC Restoring Using a Hidden Recovery Partition

AStarting from Windows 7 when you install the operating system on your computer in addition to the main (working) partitions the hidden (system) are also created. These partitions are not visible in Windows Explorer, they are only available in the Disk Manager. Name of the partitions: System Reserved (Reserved by the system); Untitled (Recovery Partition).

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In the System Reserved partition the files of boot configuration data (BCD) and boot manager (bootmgr) are stored. Thus, the system protects the boot files from being overwritten, and also with the help of this partition log on into the system recovery environment is carried out.

Also in PCs the pre-installed by the manufacturer hidden PC partition recovery is present. With the help of this partition the PC restore to the factory settings is carried out.

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Restoring PC Password

Do you need to restore your PC password?

Retrieve forgotten user password with Windows tools

Note. Before restoring access to the user account, check the prompt, which is located on the Welcome screen beside the password entry field.

If the prompt did not help:

  1. Log on to the computer using the Administrator account.
  2. Go to Control Panel / User Accounts.

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  3. Click Manage another account.

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  4. Select the desired account.

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  5. Select Change Password.
  6. Enter a new password and click Change Password key.

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  7. Exit the Administrator account and log in to your account using your new password.

Restore the password of built-in Administrator account

If access to the local Administrator account is lost, it must be received in the first place. For this:

  1. Boot Windows by means of an installation disc c.
  2. Select «System Restore» in the first window with the «Install» key.
  3. Select Diagnostics / Advanced Options / Command Prompt in the next window.

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  4. Click on the menu item Command Prompt.

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  5. Type in the opened Command Prompt window:

    • move с:windowssystem32utilman.exe с:windowssystem32utilman.bak;
    • copy с:windowssystem32cmd.exe с:windowssystem32utilman.exe.
    Where «c:» is the drive on which Windows folder is located.

    Note. These commands allow you to open Command prompt window on the login screen, with the help of Special Features key or by using the keyboard shortcut Win + U.

  6. Remove the installation CD from the computer.
  7. Stop the operating system installation and restart the computer.
  8. In the password entry field, run Command prompt by selecting Special Features menu or by pressing the keyboard shortcut Win + U.
  9. If the password entry field does not show administrator account, you must activate it. To do this, use the following command: net user Administrator / active: yes, and then restart the computer.
  10. Type net user command to display all computer users.

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  11. Type net user command to display all computer users.
  12. Enter the command net user name password. Where name is the user name into password - a new password. That is, to reset the administrator password and set a new password (for example - qwerty), in this case you must enter the command: net user Administrator qwerty.
  13. Restart your computer and enter the administrator account using the new password. After the login to Windows administrator account is made, the password can be changed at any time using Windows tools.

Reflashing and BIOS Recovery

In order to recovery operability of PC BIOS, download the BIOS reflashing for your PC model. Reflashes can be found on the PC or motherboard manufacturer site. You can reflash BIOS from DOS or Windows.

Note. Sometimes for the successful implementation of the reflashing you need to change the name of the reflashing file to the value set by the manufacture.

BIOS in DOS reflashing:

  1. Download the BIOS reflashing for your PC model, unpack it with any archive and save it on a USB flash drive.
  2. Insert this USB flash drive in the PC.
  3. Turn on the PC with the help of one of the shortcut keys (each PC model provides its own shortcut, please read the instructions for your PC model). Here are some options:
    Win + Esc; Fn + Esc; Win + B; Fn + B; Win + M; Fn + M; Win + F; Fn + F.

    Then, without releasing the key, press the PC power button.

  4. Wait for BIOS recovery process finish.

BIOS in Windows reflashing:

  1. Disable any programs that are running on a PC.
  2. Disconnect all network connections and the Internet.
  3. Charge the battery or connect to the mains supply.
  4. Disconnect all the devices connected to the PC (except the mouse).
  5. Start the reflashing file with the .bat extension (sometimes .exe).
  6. Wait for the BIOS reflashing process and reboot the computer.

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