Methods to Recover Lost Files after System Restore

How to Recover Lost Files after System Restore

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Dec 14, 2020 • Filed to: Recover & Repair Files • Proven solutions


I restored my computer this morning. I didn’t know I was supposed to back up my files and lost a lot of them. The files are really important to me, including my documents, precious videos, and the only photo taken with my best friend. I have been upset for nearly a week. How can I recover files after system restore?

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People often regret losing files after a system restore. The best and cheapest way to prevent file loss is to back up the data. Thankfully, if you forgot to backup your data, you’re not without options. There is still a way to recover lost files after a system restore.

Part 1: How to Recover Lost Files after System Restore

A data recovery tool can recover your files: Recoverit Data Recovery is an effective data recovery software that understands the internal workings of the systems used to store files on a disk and uses this knowledge to locate the disk space that was occupied by a deleted file. You can use it to recover almost all files lost after system restore, including photos, videos, documents, archived files, and more. While retrieving your lost files, it won't cause any further damage to your previous data.

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Simple Steps to Recover Files Lost after a System Restore

Step 1. Download and install Recoverit on your computer, launch it and select "Deleted Files Recovery" mode to start

select deleted file recovery mode to start

Step 2. Select the location where you lost your files after the system restores, and click the "Start" button to scan.

select a disk to scanning deleted files

Step 3. A quick scan will be completed, but sometimes you can't find your files after it completed. Please go to scan again "All-Around Recovery" mode, it will take more time to search for more files.

scan with all-around recovery

Step 4. After the scan, preview, and check the recoverable files, click to the "Recover" button to retrieve your data back.

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Part 2: Common Scenarios that Cause File Loss after a System Restore

I. No Backup

Many people save their files on the C disk without backing them up. When a system restore is done, this disk will be formatted, the operating system erases all book-keeping information on the disk, and the files are lost.

II. Misoperation

When dealing with system restore, some people may accidentally choose to format all of their disks. Thus all the files on them would be deleted. Sometimes this may even mess up the partition table and the data will not be able to be properly read. Other times, users may not understand the instructions very well, omit a few steps and lose their files.

III. Others Reasons

In the process of a system restore, other factors like a severe virus, internal faulty components of hard disks, or the incompatibility of systems may lead to our files being lost. Some of them are editable, while some will not be.

Tips: Back up Files before a System Restore
Backing up your files before a system restore is a best and cheapest way to prevent your files from being lost. You can do this with a storage hard disk or professional backup software like Time Freeze. This is a professional system restore software that helps you restore your system, remove PC problems, and prevent data loss with the help of up to 1,000 restore points (snapshots). Thus, you won't have to bother retrieving lost files after the system restore is done.

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