[4 Ways] How to Recover Data from HP Laptop Hard Drive

This guide will tell you how to retrieve data from HP laptop hard drive, including the method to recover data from a dead HP laptop.


By Lena / Updated on April 2, 2024

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Can you recover data from HP laptop hard drive?

HP laptops are known worldwide for their performance and that’s why you choose an HP laptop. However, like other laptops, HP laptops are also prone to corruption. System crashes, virus attacks, sudden power failure or surge, physical damage, etc. can all prevent users from using HP laptops properly.

Some users report data loss, and more seriously, some users say their laptops won't boot. In such situations, is it possible to recover data from HP laptop hard drive or recover data from dead HP laptop? The answer is YES! You can retrieve files from a previous backup or let a professional data recovery tool help you find lost files.

  • Go to Tip 1 if your HP laptop still works and hard drive can be detected.
  • Go to Tip 2 if your HP laptop won't boot or hard drive cannot be recognized.

Tip 1. Recover data from HP laptop hard drive

If you have backed up your laptop beforehand, then you can recover data from HP laptop hard drive via the Backup and Restore utility.

Step 1. Click Start > Select Control Panel > Choose System and Maintenance and select Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

Windows Backup and Restore

Step 2. Choose Restore my files > Browse for folders to check the backup.

Step 3. Select the files you want to recover and choose a path > Finally, click Restore.

Recover data from HP laptop hard drive without backup

How to retrieve data from HP laptop hard drive without backup? If there is no available backup, you can let the data recovery tool help you scan your laptop and find missing files. MyRecover is recommended here. It’s one easy-to-use data recovery software for laptop/PC developed by AOMEI, the benchmark of the data recovery industry.

Main Features of MyRecover

● Supports Data Recovery in Various Situations. System crashes, accidental deletion, virus attacks, disk formatting, etc.
● Supports Any Kind of Disk-based Storage Media. SSD, HDD, USB flash drive, external hard drive, SD card, etc.
● Recover Any Types of Files in Original Format. Documents, texts, pictures, videos, audios, emails, compressed files, etc.
● Highly-Compatible. Supports NTFS, FAT32, exFAT, ReFS in Windows 11/10/8/7. (Compatible with 64-bit and 32-bit OS.)
● High-Speed. With an advanced scan engine and robust data recovery algorithm, MyRecover can find and recover deleted or lost data at a very high speed.

It’s totally free to let MyRecover scan the hard drive. But at present, you can only recover data up to 500MB. If necessary, you can upgrade to the Pro version to enjoy unlimited data recovery. Below is the download button.

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Step 1. Open MyRecover > Hover the mouse over the drive saved deleted files before, and click Scan.

Start Scan

Step 2. Wait for the scanning. It will try to find Deleted files and Other missing files on your hard drive.


Step 3. Once you find the files you want to recover, you can select them and click the Recover button to recover them. Or you can wait for the complete scanning result.

Tip 2. Recover data from a dead HP laptop

When the hard drive won’t boot at all, there are two practical methods for you to recover files from dead HP laptop.

● Use a bootable USB to boot the dead laptop and then perform data recovery.
● Take out of the hard drive and connect the hard drive to another computer, then transfer data out of the hand drive.

Recover data from a dead HP laptop - use bootable USB


  • Create a bootable USB
  • Boot your HP laptop via the bootable USB
  • Recover data from the hard drive

Step 1. Create a bootable USB

A well-functioning computer is needed. Prepare an empty USB. If it’s not empty, you can transfer the data to another drive as backup.

  • Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, one free Windows backup software, the tool you will need to create the bootable disk.
  • Plug in the USB stick into computer.
  • Start AOMEI Backupper, click Tools, select Create Bootable Media.

Create Bootable Media

  • Select the Windows PE option > Click Next to continue.
  • Select the USB drive and click Next to start the bootable media creation process.

Step 2. Boot your HP laptop

  • Insert the bootable USB stick into the dead laptop, turn the computer on and press the required key for your system at the same time to enter the BIOS/UEFI. Generally, it will either be the Del key or the F2 key. Press the key repeatedly immediately after power-up until you see the BIOS/UEFI screen.
  • In BIOS/UEFI, locate the Boot menu and look for the "Boot Sequence" or something similar > Alter the boot priority to let the USB stick is at the top of the list > Press F10 key to confirm > Then your laptop will boot from the inserted bootable media.


Step 3. Recover data from dead HP hard drive

Check if there is any data missing. You can install MyRecover and let it help you scan your laptop and find missing files.

Recover data from a dead HP laptop - take out the hard drive


  • Take out the failed hard drive
  • Connect or insert the hard drive to another well-functioning computer
  • Transfer data out of the hard drive

Step 1. Take out of the failed hard drive

Unlock your dead laptop case with a screwdriver > Unplug the hard drive cable > Take the hard drive out.

Remove HP Hard Drive

Step 2. Connect the hard drive to another computer

  • Connect the drive as an external disk to PC via a USB 3.0 connection cable.
  • If the computer support installing a second hard drive, just remove the case and install it as a new drive via a SATA cable and a power cable. In this case, you should press F2/Del to enter BIOS > Choose Advanced > IDE Configuration > Configure SATA > Hit Enter > Choose AHCI under the SATA Option menu and save the change.

Step 3. Transfer data out of the hard drive

Transfer the files on the HP laptop hard drive to the hard drive or USB flash drive. If you feel that some files are missing from the drive, you can use MyRecover to help you find missing or hidden data.

Final words

That’s all about how to recover data from HP laptop hard drive.

  • If your laptop still works, you can simply install MyRecover and let it scan your hard drive and find missing files.
  • If your laptop won’t boot, you can boot your laptop via a bootable USB or insert the hard drive into another computer and perform data recovery.

PS: Data loss is unpredictable. It’s recommended to create regular backups. In this way, you can quickly retrieve lost data next time. FoneTool not only can make bootable USB but can also backup your system, disk, partition, files and folders. Don’t forget to give it a try.

Lena · Editor
Lena is an editor of FoneTool, she covers backup & restore, and phone data management and so on. She enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She takes most of time with her family when she is not working.