Roadkil's Unstoppable Copier on Data Recovery CD/USB is a superb data recovery tool - unlike Windows Explorer, it tries hard to recover information from unreadable clusters/sectores on bad hard disk and it does not cancel the whole process when a read error occurs. This ensures that all recoverable data gets copied to the destination disk.
In Windows XP, files and settings of all users are in the Documents and Settings folder of the mounted drive.
In Windows Vista, 7 and 8, the folder is named Users.
Open the folder and find a subfolder with your user name - for example, Mirjam or John Ackenton.
You can always ignore folders with names Default, Default User, LocalService and NetworkService - these are needed for system accounts only and do not contain anything important.
Right-click your user folder and select Properties.
See what the Size: states. In this example, you need only 638 MB (megabytes) of free space on external drive to recover the folder.
Click OK to close folder properties.
If you have more users on the computer, check and add the sizes of these folders, too. This calculates into free space required on your external disk.
To check the size of multiple folders at once, hold down Ctrl key while clicking the folders. Then use keyboard shortcut Alt+Enter to open folder properties.
In case you are using Shared Folders in Windows XP or Public Folders in Windows Vista, 7 or 8, add the size of All Users folder (Windows XP) or Public folder (Windows Vista, 7 and 8) to the result.
It is also recommended to copy Windows registry and event logs so that IT specialists are able to recover program settings and check what happened to the PC. Navigate to the Windows folder (this might also be named WinNT or WinXP) and expand System32 folder. Now right-click the folder named config and click Properties to check its size. Add the result to the total size of user folders.
To see how much free disk space is on your external disk, open My Computer and see the Free Space column. In this example, there is 223 GB (gigabytes) available on the external hard drive.
If you have enough free space on the external drive, you can also copy the Program Files, Program Files (x86) (only in 64-bit Windows) and ProgramData (only in Windows Vista, 7 and 8) folders.
Click Unstoppable Copier on Desktop to run the program. If you run it for the first time during the current www.winhelp.us Data Recovery CD session, an End User License Agreement window opens. Click Yes to continue.
First, select the source drive or folder - the item you want to copy from unbootable Windows disk to external disk. Click Browse next to the Source field.
A standard Browse for Folder window opens. Find and click the drive or folder you want to copy and click OK.
Please note that you cannot select multiple folders or drives in Unstoppable Copier!
Repeat the same for Target field by clicking Browse and selecting your external disk as the destionation drive.
Next, let's tune the program configuration a bit. Click the Settings tab.
Click to activate the Include Sub Folders and Copy Empty Folders options. Other options are fine by default.
Now return to the Copy tab and clear the Copied Files check box under the empty list. This will disable the displaying of successfully copied items in the log to make it easier to read and follow.
Finally, click Copy in the top right of Unstoppable Copier window.
The process might take a long time, depending on the size of selected data and the number of unreadable clusters/sectors on the source drive.
Skipped and corrupt files will be listed in the middle of the window. Statistics are available in the bottom part - Corrupt Files, Skipped Files and Read Errors are the most important there.
After data has been recovered, the number of copied files appears in an untitled window. Click OK.