|AIR, the recovery disk has to be of the same flavor - home or pro - as the install. |
- If you can get to the recovery environment you can copy data over to a optical drive or external hard disk.
- You can download and make a live CD that will perform rescue functions. Most image backup programs offer this (Macrium, Easus), or you can use a utility disk such as Hiren's or Ultimate Boot.
- you can tether or slave your drive to another computer and suck out the data.
Then verify the disk's integrity, and decide whether to repair install or plow & pave.