How to Restore Missing AppData Folder in Windows 10

Jean updated on Jun 24, 2019 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


AppData folder resides in Users folder in C drive but was unseen or deleted. One, type %AppData% in Windows 10 search box to unhide it; two, use EaseUS data recovery software to restore missing AppData folder in Windows 10.

There is no AppData folder, how to find it?

"It is said that downloaded application files are stored in a folder called AppData that resides in C:/Users. However, when I open the Users folder, only find Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, Downloads except for AppData. Is the AppData folder missing?"

How to restore AppData folder Windows 10? 

"Lost Users folder along with AppData folder in C drive after reinstalling Windows 10, can I restore the missing AppData folder as a whole so that I won't take much time to re-download those frequently used applications?"

Where's AppData Folder in Windows 10

AppData folder resides in Users folder in C drive but was set as unseen by default. If the folder is missing, but you never removed it before, then it's easy to unhide it and find your application files without making a fuss. While if the AppData is deleted or lost, you need to use hard drive recovery software to help you out. 

How to Unhide AppData in Windows 10

1. Browse to your main drive where Windows installed, e.g., C:
2. Go to C:\Users\username\
3. Next, click the "View" tab at the very top and tick "Hidden items" option. It will present all folders, including the AppData folder.

How to Unhide AppData in Windows 10

How to Restore Deleted AppData Folder in Windows 10

What if the AppData folder is not hidden but was deleted? This happens when people are trying to free up C drive space. Fortunately, it's possible to bring lost AppData back by employing reliable Windows data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Being similar with the method to recover lost/hidden Users folder in C drive, let's learn in details for deleted AppData folder recovery.

Steps for AppData folder recovery in Windows 10 with EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard

Step 1. Run folder recovery software.

  • Launch EaseUS folder recovery software on your PC.
  • Connect the device to your computer if the lost folder is saved on an external storage device.
  • Click "Specify a location" to choose the exact location where you lost the folder.
  • Click "Scan" to begin scanning lost folder with files.
Run folder recovery software.

Step 2. Find lost folder.

  • You can use the "Search" feature to quickly find the lost folder by searching the folder name.
  • Or you can check and find them from "Deleted Files", "Drive (with your device name)".
Scan and find lost folder data.

Step 3. Recover the lost folder.

Last, select the folder and choose to save it to a new & secure spot on your PC by clicking "Recover".

Restore lost folder data.

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Frequently Asked Qusetions

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

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

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

5. 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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