How to Recover Files from My Documents Folder

My Documents is a default folder found on a Windows computer. System files, Word documents, backup of your Outlook data and program data of all the other computer applications will be stored in this folder. However, files stored in My documents might get lost or deleted due to various reasons. In some instances, the whole My Documents folder can go missing. Read this informative write-up that helps you to recover files from My Documents folder for free or with the help of a professional tool that will be mentioned in the end.

How Did you lose files From My Documents folder?

By default, C: is considered as the system partition and if you change the system partition from C: to any other location, data present within My Documents folder will be lost or deleted. If you are looking out for your Outlook data file backup that is usually stored in My documents, just open your Outlook application and try to modify your mails or attributes. Just a bit of Outlook usage and the data file will be back in My Documents folder. However, other manually transferred files or folders that got lost or deleted, can be brought back with the help of a professional file recovery software.

How to Recover My Documents folder?

If you are unable to find any files inside your My Documents folder, under the properties of My Documents, you will find an option called Restore Default. Just follow the steps mentioned below and your My Documents will be restored.

Step 1: Right-click on My Documents and select Properties

Step 2: Select Restore Default and click on Apply

click on restore default to bring back your My Documents folder

Step 3: Finally, click OK and your My Documents folder will be restored

My Documents folder is missing in my computer

You can restore your missing My Documents folder by following the simple steps mentioned. Just open This PC and go to C: > Users > Your Computer Name. You will find the folder there. If you are unable to find the folder there, create a new folder with the exact same name “Documents” and follow the previous Restore Default method. Your My Documents


Users who have enabled auto-backup on OneDrive application can quickly restore missing My Documents folder. Read the next section to know more.

Restore Your Missing Documents Folder Using OneDrive:

In the Documents and Pictures settings of OneDrive application, checking the Autosave option will move My Documents folder from This PC to OneDrive. Follow the steps given below to cancel the redirection and restore your My Documents folder to This PC.

Step 1: Right-click on the OneDrive icon present on the right side of the Taskbar and select Settings

Step 2: Find the Autosave tab and then select This PC only for Documents and/or Pictures.

Step 3: Reboot your computer and your missing My Documents folder will be restored.

Recover Deleted or Lost Files from My Documents Folder

If you are unable to recover deleted or lost files even after restoring your Documents folder with the help of above-mentioned steps, using a professional file recovery software is highly recommended.

Remo Recover is the highly preferred software for you as this tool can recover more than 300+ file types from your computer. This makes it more suitable for people who have lost data from My Documents folder. This self-explanatory tool allows you to verify the files by using the preview feature. Download now for a free trial.

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Guide to recover files from my documents folder

Download, install and launch Remo Recover Windows on your computer.

Step 1: Click on Recover Files from the main screen and then select your C: drive from the Drive/Partition section.

select recover files to bring back your my documents folder files
Step 2:
Click on Scan and wait for the software to recognize and recover files that are deleted or lost from My Documents folder.
Step 3: Once the scan is complete, files that can be recovered with the help of Remo Rec0ver will be displayed in the following screen

your recovered files can be viewed in data view or file type view

Step 4: Double-click on any of the recovered files to preview and verify the quality before proceeding and saving.

double click on the file to preview before saving

Note: Do not save the recovered files on the same C: drive or My Documents folder. It is advised to save it on an external storage device or on other partitions of the computer.


Always have a backup of files stored on My Documents folder to prevent further data loss. However, you should have recovered deleted files from My Documents by using the steps mentioned below. If you have any queries regarding the software or Remo Recover purchase process, get in touch with the Remo Software technical assistance team and expect a reply within 10 minutes.

How to Recover Files from My Documents Folder was last modified: March 24th, 2020 by Tony Landry

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