How to Transfer Files in Safe Mode Windows 10/8/7?

Posted by @Cherry

June 6, 2018

When your Windows 10/8/7 fails to boot, you can not access the computer. But fortunately, you can transfer files in safe mode Windows 10/8/7 to bring your data back.

Need to transfer files in safe mode Windows 10/8/7

Windows users may meet the problem that system fail to boot. And lots of things can cause your Windows fails to boot.

You may realize that you have backed system up before, and you can restore computer to earlier date to get the Windows back. Truthfully, restore system back with system backup image is a great idea that you do not need to reinstall Windows OS. However, what if you have the very important data stored on the desktop? If you choose to recover system back, the data may loss during the recovery process.

To prevent data loss in the process of restoring system, you need to transfer files in safe mode in advance. That is to say, when your system fails to boot, you can copy files to external hard drive in safe mode.

Transfer files in safe mode using WBadmin commands

WBadmin is a command backup utility that allows you to backup data with a command prompt or PowerShell (Windows 10) from Safe Mode. With WBadmin commands, you can transfer files in safe mode when your system fails to boot. You can follow the steps below:

1. Start your computer, and press the F8 key repeatedly.

2. It will lead you to Advanced Boot Options. Use the arrow key to select Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

3. Then, you will get into command prompt and enter a WBadmin to backup data from the failed system. For example, if you need to backup C: drive to external hard drive (here is F:), you can type the following commands:

Wbadmin start backup -backuptarget:F:-include:C:

* While if you need to replace the hard drive, then you should use WBadmin to backup whole hard drive in order to keep all old data on the hard drive.

4. After that, it will show you the detail of the operation and ask your confirmation. Just type “Y” to start backing up under Safe Mode. And the files can be transferred out after the proceed done.

Transfer files when boot into Safe Mode failed

However, not every time you can boot from Safe Mode successfully. If you cannot boot into Safe Mode, how can you transfer files?

If the transfer files in Safe Mode Windows 10/8/7 can not workaround, you need a bootable disc so that you can boot the computer from it. Thus, the AOMEI Backupper Standard is highly to recommend. It can not only help you create bootable disc (CD/DVD, USB drive), but transfer files to external hard drive before system recovery or OS reinstallation. To fix transfer files in Safe Mode failed problem, here you can do as the followings:

Step 1. Free download AOMEI Backupper and install this free backup on a working Windows 10/8/7 PC. Then, use its Utilities -> Create Bootable Media to create bootable disc.

Step 2. After that, using the bootable media to boot the unbootable computer. You need to get into BIOS to change the boot order to allow the computer to boot from the bootable media.

Step 3. It will load to the main interface of AOMEI Backupper. If you want to transfer files to another place, here you can chooseFile Backup under Backup tab.

File Backup

* But if you want to copy entire hard drive, you can choose Disk Clone under Clone tab.  

Step 4. Then, choose the files you want to backup, and choose the target drive where you would like to transfer files to.

Choose File

Step 5. After that, click Start Backup to execute the task.

Conclusion

When your system is unable to boot, you can try to transfer files in Safe Mode no matter Windows 10/8/7. If you cannot even get into Safe Mode, don’t worry, you can still migrate files to another place without booting Windows.

AOMEI Backupper is a great tool that allows you to create bootable media, and with the bootable media, you can get all data on the boot failed hard drive. It is a powerful backup and restore software, and it is also a great hard drive cloning software.