Full Guide | How to Recover Files Too Large for Recycle Bin

Jean updated on Nov 19, 2018 to Data Recovery | How-to Articles


This article details the reasons why some files are deleted permanently rather than go to the Recycle Bin and provides you the practical method to recover large deleted files that are not found in Recycle Bin in Windows 10/8.1/8/7/XP/Vista using EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

Part 1: When Are Files Deleted Permanently Rather Than Go to Recycle Bin
Part 2: How to Recover Large Deleted Files

When AreFiles Deleted Permanently Rather Than Go to the Recycle Bin

"I mistakenly deleted a whole folder from a partition this morning, in which I lost dozens of very important large files, including Photoshop PSD files that are larger than 12GB. The deleted folder bypassed the Recycle Bin since the folder size was too large for it. Thus, I can't find the deleted items in the Recycle Bin and recover the large files from it. What's the other way I should try to recover files that are too large for Recycle Bin?"

In most of the cases, It's true that after you delete an item in Windows Explorer or My Computer, it will appear in the Recycle Bin and will remain there until you empty the Recycle Bin or restore the file from it. Recovering data from the Recycle Bin is practical if you remove the files/folders by pressing the DEL key or by right-clicking the item and choosing Delete. However, it's not always working using this way. As the situation described above, if the deleted files are larger than the maximum size of the Recycle Bin, these items will bypass the Recycle bin and be deleted permanently. That's when you need to seek other solutions to get your files back. In addition, there are other two situations in which you can't recover deleted files from Recycle Bin.

recycle bin properties

If you don't want the deleted files, whether large or small, to bypass the Recycle Bin, you can:
Enlarge the maximum size of the Recycle Bin location: Right-click "Recycle Bin" > choose "Property" > Select the location > customize the maximum size.
Delete files with the DEL/Delete key instead of the Shift + Delete combination.
Disable "Don't move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted".

Luckily, the permanently deleted files are recoverable with the help of the powerful data recovery software introduced in Part 2. No matter which one of the three situations you are in, you can use the tool to recover the data effectively.

How toRecover Large Deleted Files

With the data recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you can easily perform the recovery of large files that have bypassed the Recycle Bin and of the files lost in other situations in simple steps. (Jump to the end of the article for a more detailed introduction of this tool.)

Do remember:

Step 1. Open EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you should see a list of all disks on your computer. Choose the exact hard drive partition where files were deleted and click the "Scan" button.

select your hard drive and click scan

Step 2. The scan process starts immediately. Depending on how large the hard drive is, it usually takes several minutes to several hours to finish the scan. However, the "Deleted files" result comes out very quickly. Check if all the deleted files are showing up.

scan deleted files on hard drive

Step 3. During or after the scan, you can preview the found files by double-click or right-click. Then, select the target files and click "Recover" to save them to another safe place rather than the original hard drive.

select files and click recover

Why EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is recommended? With this tool installed on your Windows computer, you can:

  • Recover deleted, formatted, or lost files
  • Restore multiple file types, including photos, videos, audio files, email, files created by Microsoft Office, Adobe software, and more
  • Retrieve data from multiple devices, including hard drive, memory card, USB flash drive, digital camera, mobile devices, and other storage media
  • Get back content lost in multiple situations: accidental deletion/formatting, OS crash, partition lost, and more

As a trustworthy and versatile tool, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can eliminate your worries whenever you get a file lost. Don't miss this simple but powerful tool to protect your data security. (Go back to the steps.)


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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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