How to Recover Lost/Hidden Users Folder in C Drive

Jean updated on Jan 13, 2021 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

If your C:/Users folder is missing in Windows 7/8/10 because of location moving, accidental deletion or hiding, you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to get back the disappeared User folder without effort.

C:/Users Folder Missing in Windows 7/8/10

Users folder coming with C drive is set by default when installing the Windows operating system. The folder contains multiple sub-folders which are used to keep some frequently used data, such as users profile, contacts, favorites, downloads, music, documents, videos, games, etc.

Since the user folder holds some large size files mentioned beforehand, it certainly takes quite a lot of memory, which easily results in C drive running out space. In this case, users will deal with the disk-consuming Users folder as the following operations.

  • Move Users Folder to another drive like E:, F:, G:.
  • Hide Users Folder, though it doesn't make any sense.
  • Directly delete Users folder along with all the sub-folders.

All the above actions will cause C:/User folder missing issue in Windows 10/8/7 PC and even data loss. If you are having the same problem, follow user folder disappeared recovery solutions here now.

Recover Missing/Deleted/Hidden C Drive Users Folder 

As the Users folder in C drive is a system folder, in order to avoid unexpected system error, it's best not to move it. If you want to clear C drive space by deleting some files but removing the User folder together by accident, you can get back the missing User folder with reliable hard drive recovery software in solution 1. And if the User folder is missing just because it has been hidden, you can make it visible with the way in solution 2. 

Solution 1. How to Recover Deleted Users Folder

After you have deleted the User folder, check Windows recycle bin first. If the folder is permanently deleted from recycle bin, use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to restore the missing User folder as soon as possible. With its wizard-based interface, you can quickly recover the deleted User folder as simple as a few clicks.  

Except for file and folder recovery, this data recovery tool is also capable of RAW partition recovery, lost partition recovery, virus attack recovery, recycle bin emptied data recovery, formatted hard drive recovery, and so on. Now, download and use EaseUS folder recovery tool to get back the missing User folder within only three steps. 

Step 1.  Scan the location of lost User folder.

Under Specify a location, move your mouse over "Select Folder" and click "Browse" to select the right location where you lost the User folder. If the User Folder disappeared, you may choose to scan the Desktop or C: drive to find this folder.

Click "OK" to confirm and let this software scan the whole computer and find the lost User folder.

select a location and scan lost User Folder

Step 2. Find and preview the User folder.

Check and find the lost User folder use the search bar. You can also use "Filter" as a quick way to find the lost user folder. Double-click to open and preview the found files in User Folder.

Preview lost folder data.

Step 3. Recover and save User folder.

Check the files in your User folder, when it's alright, click "Recover" to save this folder back to a safe location on your PC.

Restore lost User folder.

Solution 2. How to Restore Missing Users Folder in Windows 10/8/7

If Windows hides C:\Users\ folder, you can make it reappear again at the exact place. It's still intact and well preserved without showing a route. Just go and do some changes to file options setting.

All Windows operating system works pretty much the same, and let's take Windows 10 as an example to recover hidden user folder recovery as an example.

Step 1. Open control panel and find "File Explorer Options".

Step 2. Click inside, in the "View" part, find "Hidden files and folders".

Step 3. Tick "Show hidden files, folders, and drives".

Step 4. "Apply" the change and go back to Computer, you'll find Users folder in C drive.

restore hidden user folder

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

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2. Why cannot I recover 2GB data for free?

It is recommended to check the version installed is Free or Trial because they are different versions.

Trial has data preview function but cannot save any files, while the Free version enables to recover 2 GB files. The default free space is 500 MB and you may share the product on social media to get another 1.5 GB.

3. Why cannot the recovered files be opened?

A file is saved as 2 parts on the storage device: directory info (which is comprised by file name, time stamp and size info, etc.) and data content.

If the files with original file names and folder structures cannot be opened, one possible reason is the corrupted directory info. There is still a chance to recover the data content with the RAW Recovery method in our software.

4. Why isn't it suggested to recover the files back to the original drive?

The storage structure of the lost files would be altered or damaged by any changes on the drive. If you save the recovered files back to the same drive, the original data structures and data content would be corrupted or overwritten, which causes permanent data loss. So you should prepare another disk to save the files.

5. How can I check whether my data is recoverable or not before purchase?

The Free version helps you save 2GB files, so verify the recovery quality of our product before purchase.

6. How long does it take to scan the drive?

It strongly depends on the capacity of your hard drive and the performance of your computer. As reference,most drive recoveries can be completed in around 10 to 12 hours for a 1-TB healthy hard drive in general conditions.

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