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How to Extract Data From a Recovery Partition

Updated February 21, 2017

The recovery partition on a computer is a specialised section of your hard drive that was separated from the main portion by your computer manufacturer. Your recovery files, which are to be used to reinstall your operating system, are stored on this partition. This partition can also be used to store regular data if you desire. If you want to extract data from your recovery partition, you can use Microsoft's Windows Explorer.

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  1. Click "Start."

  2. Click "Computer."

  3. Double-click the icon for your recovery partition. This will be a separate icon from the one that represents your main hard drive, even though the partition by definition is a part of that hard drive.

  4. Extract a piece of data from the recovery partition by clicking on the file that represents the data and dragging it onto your desktop. This will transfer the data from the recovery partition to the main partition of the hard drive.

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Stephen Lilley

Stephen Lilley is a freelance writer who hopes to one day make a career writing for film and television. His articles have appeared on a variety of websites. Lilley holds a Bachelor of Arts in film and video production from the University of Toledo in Ohio.

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