By Teresa / Last Updated September 19, 2017


It can not be too much on emphasizing the importance of backing up, backup PC to external hard drive, or backup files you care most to safe place and so on. Hard drive may fails out of countless reasons in people’s daily life. It just stopped working with no signs or omen. It never made any odd sounds like popping, screeching, knocking, or clicking, and it didn’t crash. It might be damaged either by shaking, hitting, flood, or virus, hacker etc. Of course, external hard drives are easier to corrupt than internal drive. If you happen to forget to back contents up to another location, then it is sad because once it was broken, you are risking at losing all data and priceless memories.

How to backup data from broken hard drive?

It is impossible to boot the system and backup data in Windows if the failed hard drive contains the OS. Plug the hard drive in another normal boot computer and backup data from damaged hard drive on that computer? It may also disappoint you since it is likely shown up as unreadable. Under such condition, you need to backup data from corrupted hard drive in Windows PE (Preinstall Environment) mode. To enter this mode, you have to create rescue bootable media with backup software on well-worked PC. Free backup software, AOMEI Backupper Standard, allows you to create one. It is free for Windows XP/Vista/7/8/10. After creating bootable media, you can boot the computer with that device and then backup data from corrupted hard disk directly. Follow this article to learn the specific steps.

What do you need?

  1. A well-worked PC because the operation of creating bootable media will be completed on this computer.
  2. An USB flash drive or CD used as bootable media.
  3. Free backup softwareAOMEI Backupper Standard (Download.)

Backup data from damaged HDD with AOMEI Backupper

Step1. Install and launch AOMEI Backupper Standard. Click Utilities -> Create Bootable Media.

Utilities Create Bootable Media

Step2. Choose Windows PE- Create bootable disc based on Windows PE. Then AOMEI Backupper will detect if you need to install Windows AIK or not. If you do, please install it first.

Windows PE

Step3. Select Bootable Media, USB drive or disc. Click Next and wait for the process complete. Mostly, it merely takes a few minutes.

Usb Boot Device

Step4. After everything has done. Boot your broken PC with this bootable media. It will enter into Windows PE mode automatically.You can plug in an USB drive as the storage device for backup image if you don't have other hard disks in your computer. There you will see the same interface of AOMEI Backupper Standard as above. Click Backup > File Backup. Now you can backup important files to other hard drives or the USB drive.

Backup data from corrupted, faulty, or failed hard drive is kind of easy as long as you find the right way. AOMEI Backupper Standard is such software that supports backup, restore and clone features. For instance, system backup, disk backup, system restore, universal restore, system clone, disk clone, incremental & differential backup, etc. It is also the backup software for external hard drive. Download this software to experience it.