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- Video Recovery
- SD Card Recovery
- Recycle Bin Recovery
- Recover Data from USB
- Recover Deleted Emails
- Hard Drive Not Showing Up in Windows
- Recover Unsaved Word Documents
- Recover Deleted Files in Windows 10/11
- Recover Files from Virus Infected Hard Drive
- Best Free Photo Recovery Software
- Recover Files from Formatted Hard Drive
Files Missing from My Hard Drive in Windows 10
"I updated Windows 10 this morning. After restarting my computer, I found all my personal files are gone! Did Windows 10 update delete my files? I am so worried right now. Please help me find disappeared files."
Actually, files missing like this are common in every version of Windows. Being not by deleting, removing the partition, or formatting disk, computer files and folders just automatically disappeared from the Desktop, Libraries, Camera Roll, Pictures, and Videos.
No worry. In this step-by-step guide, you will get 8 ways to restore the missing files.
|Workable Solutions||Step-by-step Troubleshooting|
|Fix 1. (Fast & Easy) Use EaseUS Data Recovery Software||Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Software...Full steps|
|Fix 2. Other 7 Ways|
Why Did Computer Files Suddenly Disappear
To find a way to restore the lost items on your computer, you'll need to figure out how they vanished. Following are the most common situations in which you might lose your users files or personal documents, pictures, videos, installed programs, games, etc. without notice.
- Windows 10 automatic upgrade or update (desktop files and installed apps are the most likely to be removed).
- The virus deleted or hid personal files.
- You logged in a new user account.
- The hard drive is failing.
As soon as understand how your files were gone, select one of the following methods to recover deleted, hidden, or unknowingly lost files & folders in Windows 10 without trouble. In the next part, we will show you how to recover files missing from the computer hard drive.
We put the third-party EaseUS hard drive recovery software in the first place to help you restore missing data because it can recover files lost in many situations, including those of the above mentioned.
EaseUS Hard Drive Recovery Software
- Recover data from emptied recycle bin, memory card, flash drive, digital camera, and camcorders.
- You can initiate, pause, or resume a data recovery scanning process at any time so you can customize your data recovery schedule.
- Support data recovery for sudden deletion, formatting, hard drive corruption, virus attack, system crash under different situations
How to Recover File Missing from Hard Drive
Step 1. Scan the hard drive partition
Select the drive on your hard disk where you lost or deleted files. Click "Scan" and let EaseUS data recovery software scan for all lost data and files on the selected drive.
Step 2. Check the results
When the scan completes, you can apply the "Filter" feature or click the "Search files or folders" option to find the lost files on the hard drive.
Step 3. Restore lost hard drive data
Select wanted files that you lost on the drive and click "Recover" to save them to another location.
There might be a chance that your computer files are just invisible, hidden silently. You should check for hidden files and folders.
Step 1: Go to "This PC" and double-click to open your hard drive.
Step 2: Click "View". In the Show/hide section, make sure "Hidden items" is checked.
All hidden items, or perhaps the disappeared ones, should now reappear.
You may not believe that sometimes Windows 10 update creates a new user account, which is set as the default account. Since you didn't notice the account difference, the strange thing happens: "computer files suddenly disappeared", "all my files are gone"...
Step 1:Go to "Settings" -> "Accounts". There you should find your old user account.
Step 2: Click on your old account in order to switch to it.
Missing files should show up again.
Your files can also get disappeared if your hard drive gets corrupted. You must check your hard drive to fix it:
Step 1: Open "This PC/Computer", right-click the hard disk or partition which you want to check and click "Properties".
Step 2: Select "Tools" and click "Check" under Error-checking.
Step 3: Check Disk Options dialog will show up and select any one of the following options to check and repair hard disk.
Step 4: Select and check both "Automatically fix file system errors" and "Scan for and attempt recovery of back sectors", then click "Start"
In another case, your files are likely to change location while the file disappeared from the computer happens.
Follow the path to check the user folder on your PC: This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Users > Public
If you don't find your files, you can also follow another path: This PC > Local Disk (C:) > Users > User Name > Documents
Method 6. Find Your Files with Copy of Backup
Have you made a backup plan for your PC? If you have backed up your important files, go and check your backup folders to find the missing files and folders. If it's the other way around, you may need to read other methods. For data backup, we highly recommend EaseUS Todo Backup.
Method 7. Turn Off Fast Startup
The fast startup is one of the reasons that cause your files missing in Windows 10. To tackle the "file disappeared issue", we suggest closing Fast Startup. Check the steps and see it work:
Step 1. Input Power Options on the search box. Choose it. (Or you can press Windows + X and choose Power Options on the second line.)
Step 2. Select Choose what the power button does.
Step 3. Choose Change settings that are currently unavailable.
Step 4. Move to the next page, unclick Turn on fast startup.
Method 8. Change Indexing Options
Change indexing option is available to check random files or folders. If your random files disappeared, these steps below may be helpful:
Step 1. Input Indexing Options on the search box.
Step 2. Click on it and the window pop up. Choose Advanced.
Step 3. Under the Indexing Setting tab, move to Troubleshooting part, click on Rebuild.
Find Your Missing Files with Fast Speed
In this article, we have introduced 8 ways to fix the "file disappeared from hard drive" issue. These ways can work well, the first one, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the most straightforward solution. To bring your data back, trust EaseUS.
If you have any questions, please click the live chat icon on the right side. Also, you can send an email to us: [email protected]
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Author Jean has been writing tech articles since she was graduated from university. She has been part of the EaseUS team for over 5 years. Her special focuses are data recovery, disk partitioning, data space optimization, data backup and Mac OS. By the way, she's an aviation fan!
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