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

Updated on Nov 19, 2018 by Jean to Data Recovery


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: Choose the hard drive

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 "Scan".

select your hard drive and click scan

Step 2: Scan the hard drive

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: Recover deleted files

During or after the scan, select the files the software has found and then click "Recover". 

Don't miss one useful feature. Sometimes, old files which were deleted long time ago would have lost the file names and file paths, it's necessary to take some time to check the results for raw files in the "Extra Files" area.

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.)