How to Recover Data from Dead Toshiba Laptop Hard Drives?

Do you know how to recover data from dead Toshiba laptop hard drives? Check out the guide with detailed methods of Toshiba data recovery and get help!


By Lora / Updated on April 2, 2024

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How do I recover data from my Toshiba laptop hard drive?

Users worldwide enjoy and welcome the Toshiba Corporation storage device products like hard disk drives, laptops, etc. Taking Toshiba laptops as an example, there are many categories: Toshiba Satellite, Libretto, T1000, etc.

Using Toshiba laptops, users can access and process their data and files anywhere they want and need to.

However, like other brands’ devices, Toshiba laptops also run into problems. E.g., some users find Toshiba HDD recovery not working.

One of the trickiest issues is a dead Toshiba laptop hard drive. In this case, users’ data is inaccessible and might be gone for good, which is the last thing they want to see.


I need to get files off a dead Toshiba laptop


My one-year-old Toshiba laptop died - I thought it was the wrong power cord, but apparently, it's something internal. I couldn’t get all my old files off before the battery went out. How can I recover files from it?


- Question from Tom’s Hardware


To deal with this issue, first of all, we would better take a look at the reasons for a better understanding.

Causes of dead Toshiba laptop

  • Loose connection.
  • Dead/drained/detached laptop battery.
  • Physical damage.
  • System/boot partition deleted.
  • Electric surge/unexpected shutdown.
  • Failed/interrupted data reading/writing process (Disk formatting/reformatting, reinstalling).


How to recover data from dead Toshiba laptop hard drives?

Then how to get files from a dead laptop? Generally, users who back up files as a daily routine won’t worry about file loss. But many people haven’t formed the habit of using Toshiba hard drive backup software to protect data.

They need approaches to recover data from dead laptop hard disks without backups. Don’t be frustrated; this part will give you a detailed guide.

Step 1. Estimate the damage

The priority is to assess how severe the damage is. Below are the symptoms of a dead Toshiba laptop.

  • Frozen/slow laptop.
  • Frequent crashes (apps/desktop).
  • Black Screen of Death (BSOD).
  • Unbootable laptop.
  • Clicking or weird sound.

According to the symptoms mentioned above, you may find your Toshiba laptop is bootable but frequently crashes; under some worse situations, the laptop may fail to start, or they can hear some clicking sound.

If a weird sound comes out from the drive, the laptop has been physically damaged. There might be Motherboard/internal hardware issues; please send it to data recovery services.

If the laptop cannot boot, you need to remove the drive from it and start data recovery. If the laptop is still bootable, you could skip the next step and recover data directly from it.

Step 2. Detach the Toshiba laptop hard disk

Since you cannot access the files from the dead Toshiba laptop hard disk, you need to get the drive off and connect it to another bootable PC.

Step 1. Get a compatible hard drive disk enclosure and a cable ready.

Step 2. Carefully remove the hard drive from the damaged Toshiba laptop > place the disk in the enclosure > attach the hard drive to a desktop computer using the suitable connector.

Step 3. If there is no file loss from the hard drive since it is dead, copy your wanted files to the desktop computer to recover them.

Please make sure to save the pasted files in a safe place.


Step 3. Recover data from dead Toshiba laptop hard drive via MyRecover

Now you can check if any files are lost/deleted from the drive. If so, don’t hesitate to use reliable data recovery software for Windows to scan and restore them.

With an efficient tool as your helper, you don’t have to worry about further damage to the Toshiba laptop drive; in addition, tools can save time because they scan the target drives at a high speed and recovery rate.

MyRecover is outstanding in data rescue apps. It is specially designed for Windows users, scanning and recovering data from any storage device in 3 steps.

Get files from a dead laptop in 3 steps
  • Restore most-needed files, including jpg/png/mov/avi/doc/pdf/xlsx/ppt/zip/html, etc.
  • Recover deleted files from a healthy/corrupted/formatted disk (HDD/SSD), USB, SD card, and laptop.
  • Maintain the deleted files' original file format, name, path, and quality.
  • Recover files with a high success rate in a short period.
  • Available for Windows 11/10/8/7 SP1.
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This app offers a free version that allows users to recover 30 MB of data for free on every try. Also, to enjoy unlimited data recovery, upgrade MyRecover and choose from the 3 subscription plans: Monthly, Yearly, and Lifetime, according to your preference.

Step 1. Install and run the program > connect the dead Toshiba laptop hard drive to the computer > hover the mouse over the connected external device > click Scan.


Step 2. It supports previewing, sorting, and filtering files by size, path, type, etc. You don’t need to wait for the complete scan result, but you can directly select files to restore.


Step 3. Check and choose your wanted files > click Recover x files. E.g., choose Images > select and recover photos from external hard drives. Currently, 200+ file types are recoverable.


How to fix the dead Toshiba laptop hard disk?

Also, here are some feasible fixes. You can fix the dead laptop and bring it back to life.

Fix 1. Check the connection

Since the laptop won’t turn on might result from a loose connection, we could check if the connection is in good condition.

>> See if the laptop is successfully connected to the power supply; ensure the charger/cable/plug seat, etc., are working correctly.

Fix 2. Change a new battery

Also, a dead/drained/loose-connected battery might lead to a dead (unresponsive) laptop.

>> Ensure the battery is securely inserted into its port > start the Toshiba laptop. In addition, checking if the power adapter is still in good condition is also necessary.


Fix 3. Create bootable media

In addition, when the Toshiba laptop is unbootable, you may create bootable media to start it. For efficiency, use professional software to make one. AOMEI Backupper will be a good choice since it can create file backups as well as bootable media.

Creating a bootable media from a USB will wipe, format, and overwrite the USB drive, so please make sure to back up files on USB flash drive before formatting.

Step 1. Install and run AOMEI Backupper > plug a USB into the desktop PC > choose Tools > Create Bootable Media.


Step 2. Select Windows PENext > select the USB stick > Next.

Step 3. Connect the bootable USB to the dead laptop > start the laptop > press Del + F12 > enter the BIOS > change the boot order > boot from the USB > Press F10.


Then you can access the laptop.


This article introduces some methods and detailed steps to help users recover data from dead Toshiba laptop hard drive.

Firstly, assess the intensity of the damage; then decide whether to send the drive to in-lab data recovery services or fix it by connecting it to another bootable PC; lastly, access the files using professional data recovery tools like MyRecover.

Lora · Editor
Lora is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is also a tester and editor of AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. -- "Keep testing, write the most useful tutorials for helping people recover the lost data for Windows and phones" is the most meaningful thing for her. Dedicated to creating helpful tutorials, she hopes her tutorial can assist users to effortlessly solve data loss problems on their personal computers and mobile phones.