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How to Recover Files Lost or Missing After Restarting Computer

Updated on Dec 28, 2018 by Abby Haines to File Recovery


Files missing after restart or reboot? First, perform a system restore to deal with the issue. If it won’t help, download EaseUS disk data recovery to recover files lost or missing after restarting computer. It just takes 3 simple steps.

Help! my files missing after restarting 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. were missing after a restart. Is there any way to retrieve them back?"

Files missing after restarting your computer? The problem has frustrated numerous users running different Windows systems including Windows 10, 8.1, 8, 7, etc. While being caught in such an issue, you might be interested in How to recover files lost or missing after restarting the computer?

It might be the question that users concern most. Here we give you two fixes to deal with the issue.  

Fix 1. Perform a system restore to recover files missing after reboot

Restore your system and PC to an Earlier Restore Point before this issue occurred can help you recover the files that wiped after restarting a computer to some extent. 

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… Button.
3. Follow the on-screen instructions and select the desired Restore Point when prompted. 
4. Finally, click Next to execute the operation.


  • This method is available only when you have enabled System Restore. 
  • It will also erase your data which is written after the time when Restore Point was created.

Fix 2. Download EaseUS disk data recovery to recover files lost after restart

In view all of the disadvantages of system restore, here we recommend you to download and try EaseUS disk data recovery to retrieve files lost after restart.

1. Select a location to start finding data

Select a computer hard disk(Disk C, D, E, F, G) where your files get lost after computer restart and click the "Scan" button to start scanning.

find the place or location where you lose your data after computer restart

2. Scan your computer hard disk or device

It will scan your selected hard drive automatically, and find the lost files for you. 

let the software scan the lost data

3. Preview and recover deleted files

After the scan completed. You can preview all recoverable files, select the targeted files and click "Recover" button to restore your files.

recover wanted data from your computer