How can I Recover Deleted Recycle Bin Files?
What is the Recycle Bin?
When you use the Windows Explorer to delete a file, it's not actually deleted, but is moved to a hidden folder called the recycle bin, which is really helpful because if you need the file later, you can recover deleted files from Recycle bin.
They are kept until one of two things happens. First - you choose to recover space on your hard disk by emptying the Recycle Bin. Second - as only a certain amount of space is kept for use by the Recycle Bin, any newly deleted files that would push it past that limit will bump off the oldest files. This is called First In, First Out or FIFO.
How to see what's in the Recycle Bin?
The Recycle Bin is accessed via an icon on the desktop.
To see what's in the Recycle Bin, you should double click the icon to open an Explorer view of the contents. All the files are listed in an array with the names of the folders from which they were originally deleted.
How to recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin?
To recover deleted files to its original location, select the file(s) in the usual way so the file(s) to be recovered is highlighted.
Next, select "Restore this item".
The deleted file(s) will now disappear from the Recycle Bin and reappear in its original folder with the contents, date and time etc. unscathed by the experience.
How to empty the Recycle Bin?
Periodically you may wish to free some disk space by emptying the Recycle Bin. Caution - if you empty the Recycle Bin it may no longer be possible to recover deleted files, except the Data Recovery software!
To empty the Recycle Bin, double click the Recycle Bin icon and select the option to "Empty the Recycle Bin."
The disk space will now be freed.
Is it possible to recover deleted recycle bin files?
YES! When you delete a file and then empty your recycle bin, many people think the file is permanently gone. Even the Windows help menu will tell you that "Deleting an item from the Recycle Bin permanently removes it from your computer."
When a file is deleted from your computer, its contents will not be immediately destroyed. Windows simply marks the hard drive space as being available for use by changing one character in the file table so that the file entry won't be displayed in My Computer or a commandline DIR command, etc. If you manage to recover deleted files before the Windows uses that part of the hard drive to write a new file, all you have to do is set that flag back to "on" and you will get the file.
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