How to Retrieve Deleted Files not in Recycle Bin

Roxanne updated on Dec 11, 2020 to File Recovery | How-to Articles

The deleted files won't show up in Recycle Bin if they are removed by Shift+Delete option, or deleted from flash drive, command prompt, or due to other causes. If you don't know how to retrieve deleted files not in recycle bin, don't worry, find solutions here. In all the methods, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is highly recommend to recover deleted files not in recycle bin with a high success rate.

My deleted files are not in the Recycle Bin, how to recover?

"Just several minutes ago, I accidentally deleted a working file, and soon I realized my mistake. Then I went to the Recycle Bin thinking to restore it back there. But to my disappointment, the deleted file didn't show up. I want to know how to recover deleted files not in recycle bin?"

Why Deleted Files Not in Recycle Bin

When you deleted files in the following situations, the deleted files won't end up in recycle bin. 

No matter which of the causes result in deleted files not in recycle bin, you can try to troubleshoot with the methods below. 

Recover Deleted Files Not in Recycle Bin with EaseUS Data Recovery Software (Most Effective)

Whenever you delete files, your operating system doesn't completely erase data right after they were deleted. In reality, the space freed is marked as available and is ready to be used to store information. As long as the space is not overwritten, there is a good probability that you can recover your deleted files even not in recycle bin by using professional hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard.

This sophisticated data recovery tool enables you to recover lost data from external hard drive, emptied recycle bin, HDD, SSD, USB flash drive, Pen drive, CF/SD card, and so on. 

Although you may find several solutions altogether in this article are helpful, applying EaseUS data recovery program is the safest and most effective one. Start the recovery now!

Step 1. Download and open the EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard. Select the disk partition or storage location where you deleted your files and click the "Scan" button to move on.

select the location

Step 2. The scanning process starts as long as you click "Scan". The quick scan for deleted files won't take too long to complete.

scan for deleted files

Step 3. After the scan, click the "Deleted files" on the left panel that contains all the removed files. You can select and preview files as you need. Then, click "Recover" to restore the data to a secure location.

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How to Recover Deleted Files Not in Recycle Bin Without Software

If you don't want to use third-party software to retrieve deleted files, there are still another two ways to do it by using the previous versions or file backup.

Restore Deleted Files from the Previous Version

The Previous Version feature is a part of the Volume shadow service. By this service, Windows creates a restore point which helps you effectively to roll back the changes. In this case, when you mistakenly deleted one or more critical files or folders, you can try to retrieve them back from the Previous Version without downloading or installing any third-party data recovery software. It works even you emptied the recycle bin or shift deleted your files or folders. 

1. Right-click the folder that used to contain the deleted file and click "Restore previous versions". Now, you will see an option to recover the folder.

Recover permanently recover deleted files from previous version.

2. Select the deleted one from the list of the available previous versions. And click "Restore".

If you don't see "Restore previous Versions" by right-click, then follow the steps below to continue.

  • Go to Control Panel to turn on the "System Protection".
  • Click on "System & Security" > "System" > "System Protection" (on the left sidebar).
  • Available drives with corresponding protection will be shown.
  • Select a particular drive and click on configure.
  • Click on "restore system settings and previous versions of files" and click on "OK". That's all; now you will see an option to recover the particular file.

Retrieve Files from Windows Backup

If you have created backups with Windows Backup feature, then you can probably recover deleted files not in recycle bin in Windows 10 by from the backup. 

1. Connect your backup storage media with your Windows PC.
2. Press Windows + I key to go to "Settings". 
3. Choose "Update & Security" > "Backup".
4. Click "Go to Backup & Restore (Windows 7)".
5. Click "Restore My Files".

recover from backup

This method only works if you have a backup. If not, you're unable to restore the deleted files. But don't be discouraged, you can go through with the reliable EaseUS data recovery software. Give it a try. It won't let you down.

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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, so 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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