How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin

Recycle Bin Setting

Recycle Bin on your PC

The Recycle Bin on Windows is just like the "Trash" on Mac, it`s a place where deleted files are stored in case any of them had been accidently deleted from the computer. We are able to recover data from Recycle Bin if we haven`t emptied it or throw too many files into it that it exceeds the space limit.

Of course the space limit for the Recycle Bin is adjustable - the default size is 10% of the first 40GB and 5% of the any quota above 40GB (it depends on your Windows OS version), if you want to change it, you can-right click on the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop and then select "Properties" from the menu, then you can see the options of setting Recycle Bin`s size and location (normally in Hard Disk C). Though you are free to set the size of your Recycle Bin, it`s still not recommended to make it more than 50% of your Disk C, or it`ll use up too much running space of your system and slow down your computer.

Part 1: How to Recover Deleted Files from Recyle Bin

Normally the files you delete from your desktop or hard drive partions could still be found in the recycle bin, you just need to find and select the files you want to recover in Recycle Bin, then right-click and hit "Restore" in the menu. The files will go back to the location they were. And this is the easiest and most common way of recovering deleted files.

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Part 2: How to Recover Deleted files from Empty Recycle Bin

After we accidentally delete important files by hitting the "Delete" button, we may look for them in the Recycle Bin. On most occasions, we will find the deleted files in that folder, but what if the Recycle Bin was emptied after the deletion? Does it mean the files/data are permanently gone?

The answer is "NO" - with right methods and a little luck we could always get back what we lost, if the deletion was not made too long ago:

When we emptied the Recycle Bin, the files in it disappeared, but actually they were not removed from the computer yet - the data still existed on the hard disk in raw formats. They would stay there until they were overwritten by new data. Before that we always have a chance to extract and restore them. And that`s what data recovery tools help us to do.

Before performing the data recovery from emptied recycle bin, we need:

1. The Best Deleted File Recovery Software

If one is looking for a effecitive software with more file types support, faster scanning speed, deeper scanning depth and better recovery qualtiy. Wondershare Data Recovery should be a good choice. It provides three recovery mode (Lost file Recovey, Raw Recovery and partition recovery) to more than 550 formats of data, which includes almost all the file types (including documents, photos, videos, audios messages&email and archives etc) on the computer.

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  • Recover files in 550+ formats from any storage device quickly, safely and completely.
  • 3 Recovery Modes to help you recover lost files under different situations
  • Supports data recovery from recycle bin, hard drive, memory card, flash drive, digital camera and camcorders
  • Preview before recovery allows you to make a selective recovery
  • Supported OS: Windows 10/8/7/XP/Vista, Mac OS X (Mac OS X 10.6, 10.7 and 10.8, 10.9, 10.10 Yosemite,El Capitan,Sierra) on iMac, MacBook, Mac Pro etc.
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Except from the Recycle bin, it can also restore data from memory cards, hard drives, removable redrives, flash drives, digital camera/camcorder and cellphones.

2. Solution to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin

To retrieve lost documents, images, videos, audios, archives and any other types of files from Recycle Bin, you can follow the steps below with the help of Wondershare Data Recovery:

Step 1 Select the file type for recovery

Here you can select the file type that you are going to get back, such as photos, audio files, videos, documents and email. And you also can choose all if you want to recover all files you've lost. Just check the one.

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Step 2 Choose to recover Recycle Bin

To recover files deleted from recycle bin, you can check "Recycle Bin" here, which can help to search all deleted files from recycle bin.

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Step 3 Recover deleted files from recycle bin

When the scanning finishes, you will be able to preview the scan result, which have been classified into types. Check those files you want to recover and hit on "Recover" to get them back.

When you didn't find your desired data back, you can choose the deep scan or another recovery mode to retrieve them again.

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Further tips after the Recycle Bin Recovery

No matter how you recovered your files from the Recycle Bin, follow these tips to ensure your important data`s security:

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