Recover Folders Disappeared from Desktop on Mac and Windows

Roxanne updated on Jan 07, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles


Folders disappeared from desktop in Windows 10/8/7 or Mac? This page is written to tell you how to recover default icons and restore lost desktop files or folders using EaseUS disk data recovery.

Recover folder disappeared from desktop on Mac/Windows without software
Recover folder disappeared from desktop with EaseUS recovery software

Overview of Folders Disappeared from Desktop

Users like to place their frequently-used folders or files on the desktop so that they can get quick access to those files whenever they need them. But they don't know that this habit dramatically increases the danger of data loss caused by accidental deletion, system crash, or sudden power failure. As a result, the demand for recovering folders disappeared from the desktop arise. In this article, we will show you various ways to recover folder disappeared from the desktop on Mac and Windows computer. 

Recover Folder Disappeared from Desktop on Mac/Windows Without Software

If you are troubled with this problem, how can you recover lost desktop files or folders? Follow the details below to recover folders disappeared from desktop on Mac and Windows computer.

For Mac users:

First, relaunch the Finder by clicking the Apple logo at the left top corner > Force Quit > Finder > Relaunch. If this doesn't work, you can try troubleshooting with the ways below.

1. Use Finder 

Step 1. Open "Finder", select your folder/file, then right-click on it and select "Get Info".

Step 2. In the info panel, click on "folder/file preview" in the top left corner. And hit backspace ( ← ) on your keyboard when the preview is highlighted.

Step 3. Login as administrator to authorize your action when asked.

2. Turn off iCloud Drive

You can sync the local desktop and document folder to iCloud Drive on Mac. The desktop and documents folders will be moved to the iCloud section of your Finder sidebar. If you find the folder disappeared from Mac desktop, you can turn off iCloud to recover the lost documents folder.

Step 1: Go to "Apple menu" > "System Preferences" > "iCloud".

Step 2: Click "Options".

Step 3: Uncheck "Desktop & Documents Folders" and click "Done".

folder disappeared from desktop Mac

3. Disable Desk Stacks on macOS Mojave

Step 1: Go to "View" on the top of your desktop and choose "Use Stacks".

Step 2: Select "Group Stacks By" and check the way your files were organized.

Step 3: Find your missing folders and place them to the destination. 

folder disappeared from desktop Mac

For Windows 10/8/7 Users:

Step 1. Create a new folder on the desktop and name it with the same name of the disappeared folder.

Step 2. Right-click the folder and click "Properties" > "Previous Versions". And then Windows will search for and list the previous versions of the deleted or lost files or folders.

Step 3. Choose the latest one and click "Restore" > "OK" to recover the disappeared folder from desktop.

folder disappeared from desktop

Recover Folder Disappeared from Desktop with EaseUS Recovery Software

If the above direct methods can't solve your problem, don't fret, you still have another reliable way to recover the folder disappeared from desktop on Mac and Windows by using EaseUS disk data recovery software. This tool is famous for its high recovery rate and ultimate data recovery features. You can use it recover deleted files from emptied recycle bin,  formatted disk/partition, corrupted internal/external hard drive, lost partition, and more. 

Now, download this top-ranking data recovery tool to recover folders disappeared from desktop on Mac and Windows computer within three steps. 

Step 1. Run EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, select location to scan lost folder.

Under the Specify a location section, click "Browse" on Select Folder to choose the location where you lost the folder and click "OK" to scan the lost folder.

Run folder recovery software.

Step 2. Find and preview found files in the lost folder.

You can find the lost folder in "Deleted Files", "Lost Files" or use the "Search" feature to quickly find the lost folder by searching the folder name. Then open the found folder and double-click to preview lost files.

Scan and find lost folder data.

Step 3. Recover and save the lost folder with files.

Last, select the folder and files and click "Recover", browse to choose a new & secure spot on your PC and click "OK" to save it.

Restore lost folder data.

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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 to better 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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