I am using this to retreive Pictures, documents, etc from laptops that are not working properly, locked out, etc...
I using use a live_cd such as Puppy,
& mount both the Win partition & the pen drive.
Then just cut / copy & paste the files to the pen drive / usb hdd.
Only then, is it safe to mess with the m$ partition, to see if that O/S can be resurrected.