I have an Acer Ultra Book that is no longer booting to windows. It has some important documents trapped in it which I want to recover. So I booted it into a Windows 10 USB Stick and took it to Command line.

I opened Notepad by typing notepad at the command prompt. After that, I went to File in Notepad and chose open. So I was able to see my files. I could even browse a 500GB WD External Drive I was hoping to recover files to.

The problem is that notepad quits as soon as I try to access the C Drive. I have been able to recover files using this method in Windows 7. It looks like Windows 10 is so secure it senses files are being accessed without having booted into windows.

Is there a way to make this work? A way to be able to copy files via Notepad command in Windows RE in Windows 10?

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    These sentences are contradictory 1.So I was able to see my files 2. notepad quits as soon as I try to access the C Drive – LotPings Jun 12 '17 at 5:39
  • Let me clarify. I can SEE the C Drive and can see users the problem comes when I click on the users so that I start copying files, at that point Notepad closes and I am back in the black cmd window. However, I am able to browse any external device connected and Notepad remains open. I hope that clarifies the question – user2451725 Jun 12 '17 at 12:25
  • What about using the commands dir and copy or xcopy inside the command line? If the file system is corrupt you should notice then. – LotPings Jun 12 '17 at 12:29
  • I will have to read on xcopy I last used it some 5 years ago so I am a bit rusty on cmd that is why I hoped the easy way out would work. The damn thing has an mSSD so I can't use an HDD dock! – user2451725 Jun 12 '17 at 19:10
  • As a rule of thumb, you should boot Linux to recover data, unless the disk is encrypted with BitLocker. For damaged NTFS see: superuser.com/a/1144489/278831 – Andrea Lazzarotto Jun 13 '17 at 9:27

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