Recover Files Missing After Restarting Computer

Roxanne updated on Oct 12, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

If you happen to encounter files missing after restart or reboot, there are two effective ways to get files back. You can perform a system restore or use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to recover lost files after restarting computer.

Help! My files missing after restarting the computer.

"Recently, my laptop is running slower and slower; then I restarted it for a fix. To my surprise, all of my files, documents, pics, etc. everything is gone after the restart. Is there any way to restore the missing files?"

Files missing after restarting computer has frustrated numerous users running different Windows systems, including Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, etc. The reason for computer restarted and deleted everything are various, like human error, virus attack, software issue, power failure, and more. When being caught in such a problem, you may be eager to know how to recover files lost files after the restart. Here we show you two useful solutions to troubleshoot by using System Restore or professional data recovery software.

1. Perform System Restore to Recover Missing Files After Reboot

You can undo system change by reverting your computer to a previous restore point. And it also works to recover lost files after a restart. 

1. In the Windows 10 Search box, search for "System Restore".

2. In the System Properties dialog box, click the "System Protection" tab and then click the "System Restore…".

3. Follow the on-screen instructions and select the desired Restore Point when prompted. Then click "Next" to execute the operation.


  • This method is available only when you have enabled System Restore before. 
  • It will also erase your data, which is written after the time when Restore Point was created. Therefore, if you regret doing the restore, you can undo the System Restore without losing any data. 

recover files missing after restart

2. Use Data Recovery Software to Restore Lost Files After Restart

In view all of the disadvantages of system restore, here we recommend you download and try EaseUS hard drive recovery software to retrieve files lost after restart. This competent file recovery program enables you to recover lost data in different situations. For example, desktop icons and files disappeared in Windows 10, documents/files missing after Windows 10 update, files infected by shortcut virus, and more. 

Now, you can download EaseUS data recovery tool on your PC and recover desktop files deleted after the restart. 

Step 1. Select a partition to scan.

Launch EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, hover on the partition where you have lost data after the computer restart and then click "Scan".

select a location and click scan

Step 2. Select the files you want to recover.

Wait until the scanning completes. Afterward, select the lost files you want to recover. To locate specific files, click "Filter" and choose the category or use the search bar. If you need, double-click the file to preview its content.

Choose files to recover

Step 3. Recover the data lost due to the computer restart.

After choosing the files, click "Recover" and choose a location on another drive to save the data.

Recover lost data

Bottom Line

When you meet files missing after restart issue, you can use System Restore or EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to get the lost data back. And the sooner, the better. Also, we think it is a wise idea to back up your computer data to an external hard drive regularly by using a Windows schedule backup software or the Windows built-in Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

"EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is the best we've seen. It's far from perfect, partly because today's advanced disk technology makes data-recovery more difficult than it was with the simpler technology of the past, but it's fast and efficient..."PCMag

"The first thing you'll notice about EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard Pro is that its interface is very clear and uncluttered, with only a small collection of self-explanatory controls. You won't find lots of extra options hidden in a system of hidden menus, either; what you see really is what you get."techradar

"Recover lost files, even after deleting a partition or formatting your drive."Macworld

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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