[2 Ways] How to Recover Data from SSD on Dead Laptop

Laptop won’t boot and want to extract files from the SSD? Don’t worry, this guide will show you how to recover data from SSD on dead laptop step by step.


By Lena / Updated on April 2, 2024

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How to get files off a laptop that won’t turn on

My Dell laptop won’t boot up at all! Is it possible to recover data from the SSD drive? Any help would be appreciated.

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SSD drives offer faster read speed than traditional hard disk drives so more and more people prefer to use SSD drives. However, just like traditional hard drives, SSDs are also prone to corruption. In the worst case, the laptop will not boot. That’s to say, the laptop is dead - nothing displays on the screen when you press the power button.

There is no doubt that a laptop crash is catastrophic for everyone, as it puts the entire laptop data at stake. You definitely do not want to say goodbye to all the files. Well, don’t panic! When a laptop breaks down, it doesn't mean data is lost. The laptop is dead so you can’t access the files but all your files are still on the drive. In a word, it’s possible to recover data from dead laptop SSD.

There are two practical ways to help you recover data from SSD dead laptop. You can read first and then choose one to follow according to your situation. Without much ado, let’s start to see how to get files off a laptop that won’t turn on.

Solution 1. How to recover data from SSD on dead laptop

It's possible that your system didn't completely crash. Your computer is unable to start due to corrupted system files, malware infection, software glitches. In this case, you can use a bootable disk to boot the dead laptop. Below are the detailed steps to recover data from SSD on laptop.

Steps to recover data from SSD dead laptop - boot laptop via bootable disk

Step 1. Create a bootable disk

A bootable disk is needed to boot the dead laptop. So, if you don't have a bootable disk, you need to make one yourself. Here are the steps to create a bootable disk via the USB flash drive.

A well-functioning computer is needed. Also prepare an empty USB. If it is not empty, you can transfer the data on it to another place as backup.

  • Download AOMEI Backupper Standard, one free Windows backup software you will need to create the bootable disk.
  • Plug in the USB drive into the well-functioning computer.
  • Launch 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 the dead laptop

  • Insert the bootable USB stick into your dead laptop.
  • Turn the laptop on and press the Del key or the F2 key at the same time to enter the BIOS.
  • In BIOS, locate the Boot menu and look for the Boot Sequence or something similar.
  • Alter the boot priority to set the laptop boot from Removable Devices (bootable USB disk).
  • Press F10 key to confirm and your laptop will boot from the bootable USB.


Step 3. Recover data from SSD dead laptop

Now you can check your laptop to see if there is any data missing. If you find that some files are not where they were before, you can let the data recovery tool MyRecover scan your laptop and find missing files.

MyRecover is one professional data recovery software for laptop & PC developed by AOMEI, the benchmark of the data recovery industry. With an advanced scan engine and robust data recovery algorithm, the tool can quickly find all deleted and lost files.

You can click the download button below to get ADR for Windows and follow the steps below to recover data from SSD.

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  • Launch MyRecover > Hover the mouse over the drive saved deleted files before, and click Scan to scan.

Start Scan

  • The software will automatically search your data with Quick Scan and Deep Scan. As soon as any deleted data is found, the tool will display it in the list.


  • You can recover any file during the scanning process. Once you find the files you want to recover, you can select the files and click the Recover button. Or you can wait for the complete scanning result.

Solution 2. How to recover data from dead laptop SSD

You can take out the SSD and connect it to another computer via the USB 3.0 connection cable. Usually, the computer will open the drive once you connect it. If not, you can go to My Computer to find your SSD drive. However, if the computer can’t detect the SSD, there may be some hardware damage. In this case, you may seek help from professionals.

Steps to recover data from dead laptop SSD - connect to another computer

Step 1. Take out the SSD

Unlock your dead laptop case with the screwdriver > take out the SSD.

Take Out SSD

Step 2. Connect the SSD to another computer

  • You can connect the drive as an external drive to computer via a USB 3.0 connection cable.
  • In addition, you can install the hard drive as a new drive via a SATA cable and a power cable if the computer support installing a second hard drive. 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.
  • If the system detects the SSD but displays it as Raw, you can assign a drive letter to it. Open Disk Managemen > right-click on the connected drive volume > select Change Drive Letter & Paths... > click Add and choose a letter > click OK and the drive should be visible in the File Explorer.

Step 3. Get files off a laptop that won’t turn on

Now you can transfer the files on the SSD to computer or USB flash drive. To ensure that no data is lost, you can scan the SSD via MyRecover.

Final words

That’s all about how to recover data from dead laptop SSD. You can try to boot the dead laptop via a bootable disk or take out the SSD and connect it to another computer to get the data. If necessary, you can let ADR for Windows help you scan the SSD and find missing files.

We never know when the computer will crash. You can backup your laptop to USB flash drive. In this way, your important data will not be at risk when something goes wrong with your laptop.

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.