Restarted My Computer and Everything Is Gone Windows 10/11

Restarted my computer and everything is gone! If your Windows 10 causes such a huge data loss in 2021 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 after the accident.

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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 or Windows 11, 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!

Workable Solutions Step-by-step Troubleshooting
Fix 1. Switch User Account If this is your case, try to log out the current user account and log in with your...Full steps
Fix 2. Get Off Data Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard on your PC and select the drive...Full steps
Fix 3. Run System Restore Go to "Control Panel -> System and Security -> Backup and Restore...Full steps

Some Guessings on Huge data loss After Restarting Your Computer

Above all, let's exclude the inevitable consequences of 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
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Confirmed Solutions to "Files Missing After Restart" Issue (3 Solutions)

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

Solution 1: 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.

Solution 2: 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 a 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.
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Now check our video tutorial about hard drive recovery:

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 all lost data and files on the selected hard drive.

select a location and scan hard drive

Step 2. Check the results

When the scan completes, you can apply the "Filter" feature or click the "Search files or folders" button to find the lost files on the hard drive.

Find and preview all lost hard drive data

Step 3. Restore lost hard drive data

Select wanted files that you lost on the drive and click "Recover" to save them.

Restore lost hard drive data.
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Solution 3: Perform a 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.

Warning
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. You can still undo 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"

Bonus Tip - Back Up Your Data to Avoid Data Loss

At this point, people would realize the importance of a backup. Yes, it's better late than never. Here, my suggestion is backing up data to external devices or cloud storage like (Google Drive, OneDrive or Dropbox).

To create a backup for your files, you need backup and restore software. I recommend EaseUS free backup software. It's free software to back up and restore files and systems. It supports all the basic backup solutions, including file backup, partition backup, system backup, and disk backup. 

It’s still a disk cloning software, which allows you to clone system, disk, or partition. After that, you can directly use the cloned disk to replace the disk having problems.

Follow the details to back up files to an external hard drive:

Step 1: Connect the external hard drive or USB flash drive to your PC and run EaseUS Todo Backup.

Step 2: Click the left top icon and expand the pane, click "File Backup".

elect file backup mode.

Step 3: Select the specific files that you want to backup to an external hard drive or USB. And then click "Browse" to navigate the external hard drive or USB flash drive as the file backup destination.

Select external hard drive as backup destination.

If you prefer to create a file backup plan and automatically back up files to your external hard drive or USB flash drive, try the below tips:

1. Click "Schedule: Off" and click "Upon even" to set automatically backup files as USB device plugged in (only the device on which you created tasks).

Set to automatically backup files to external hard drive.

2. Click "Save" to keep the changes.

Step 4: Click "Proceed" to execute the file to external hard drive/USB backup operation.

EaseUS Todo Backup will do the automatic backup job after the first full backup of all selected files or folder if you've set the program to automatically back up files to your external hard drive or USB once it's plugged in your computer.

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Cedric Grantham is one of the senior editors of EaseUS who lives and works in Chengdu, China. He mainly writes articles about data recovery tutorials on PC and Mac and how-to tips for partition management. He always keeps an eye on new releases and likes various electronic products.

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Written by Jean

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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