How to Recover Lost/Hidden Users Folder in C Drive

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.

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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 11/10/8/7 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. 

Two Solutions to Recover Lost/Hidden User Folder

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. 

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Step 1.  Select location to scan the lost User folder

If you lost files in the User Folder, move your mouse over "Select Folder" and click "Browse" to select the User Folder and click "OK" to let this software scan the lost files.

If the User Folder disappeared, choose the C: drive (the default location of the User Folder) and click "Scan" to find this folder.

select a location and scan lost User Folder

Step 2. Find and preview the User folder

When the scan completes, use "Filter > Type" to specify lost files types and use the left pane to locate them in the "Deleted Files" directory. 

If it scans the whole C drive, go to "Users > UserName" to find your lost files in User Folder. You can also use "Files Lost Original Name" or "Tags" to locate them. Or, you can use the Search bar to find the lost User folder.

Preview lost folder data.

Step 3. Recover and save User folder

Double-click to open and preview the found files in User Folder. When it's alright, click "Recover" to save this folder back to another safe location on your PC.

Restore lost User folder.

Solution 2. How to Restore Missing Users Folder in Windows 11/10/8/7

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.

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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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