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Restarted My Computer and Everything Is Gone Windows 10

Updated on Dec 27, 2018 by Jean to Data Recovery


Restarted my computer and everything is gone! If your Windows 10 causes such a huge data loss in 2018 in this way, you are in the right place. Check the possible reasons and solutions on this page, and let EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard find the lost data as much as possible after the accident.

It's NOT about a single file loss after restarting a computer but almost everything! People say that restarted my computer and everything is gone in Windows 10, and that's really a horrible experience, especially they don't even know how did this happen and where to find the disappeared files on the hard drive in Windows 10!

Some guessings when a huge data loss after restarting your computer

Above all, let's exclude the inevitable consequences from doing a Windows 10 factory restore and formatting a hard disk on purpose. There are perhaps three reasons why you lost everything for no reason after a normal computer restart.

  • Virus infection
  • Imminent hard drive failure
  • Computer suffered a hard crash and couldn't load your profile on the reboot

Confirmed solutions to "computer restart brings great data loss" issue

Altogether, three viable solutions are provided here, hope at least one solution works for your case.

One. Switch the user account

The first solution might be helpful if it's because an unexpected computer restart for configuring Windows 10 updates or something related to a system update, it's likely that your computer suffered a hard crash and couldn't load your profile on the reboot. It probably loaded a temporary profile instead, so everything seems to be gone.

  • If this is your case, try to log out the current user account and log in with your own account and password.
  • If logging in the user account works, the missing files, folders, and applications should reappear on your computer.

Two. Get off data from the hard drive and install a new one

Let's recall some moments. Is your system running slower and slower recently? Are programs crashing or freezing a lot while opening? If yes, it sounds more like a hardware issue than a software issue. Imminent hard drive failure is happening and that would pretty much swallow your data.

To solve the problem, you can only choose to replace the problematic hard drive before it's too late. Otherwise, more data loss will occur in the future.

Since it's already a failing hard drive, the best way to rescue data as much as possible is to copy the old hard drive to a new one, and use EaseUS hard drive data recovery software to perform data recovery after hard drive replacement.

  • To copy data from hard drive to a new one, you can ask this sector by sector recovery tool for help.
  • To recover data on a new hard drive, run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and take the three steps.

Step 1. Launch EaseUS hard drive recovery software

  • Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and select the drive on your hard disk where you lost or deleted files.
  • Click Scan to start scanning all lost data and files.
Select hard drive disk to scan

Step 2. Scan to find all lost hard drive data

EaseUS hard drive recovery software will scan the whole selected drive and find all lost files, including all existing and hidden data.

Scan to find all hard drive data

Step 3. Preview and restore lost hard drive data and files

  • You can find your deleted and lost files in "Deleted files", "Drive" (with your device drive letter).
  • "Lost Partition Files" or "Extra Files" will list your formatted and RAW data there.
  • You can double-click found files to preview them.

After the preview, please select wanted files that you lost on the drive and click Recover to save them to a safe location on your PC or other external storage devices.

Restore lost hard drive data.

Three. Perform system restore

If you feel uncertain about the real causes of this data loss disaster, perhaps doing a system restore could save you out of the frustrating moment.

Restoring the system to an earlier state could certainly restore all the missing data and applications, however, the latter saved data after this restore point would be erased.

Even though, you could still apply EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover data after system restore.

This is how you do a system restore to a time before you had this problem:

Control Panel -> System and Security -> Backup and Restore -> Restore files from backup