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[Guide] How to Permanently Delete Files from Recycle Bin in Windows 7/8/10

Updated on Nov 30, 2018 by Brithny to Partition Manager

Simply empty the recycle bin can remove all of the deleted files from your Recycle Bin. However, this does not mean that you have permanently deleted Recycle Bin files. Ensure that a deleted file is completely erased from the system, you need to permanently delete files from Recycle Bin too. Follow this guide and delete items from Recycle Bin permanently in Windows 7/8/10.
Manually empty the Recycle Bin
Permanent deletion by erasing data
Clean up junk files

Where Do Things Go When You Delete them from the Recycle Bin

Most of the time we rarely spare a thought for deleted files outside of knowing they are now out of our way, but what actually happens to those files when we delete them? 

The Recycle Bin is a storage room for all the files you delete from your PC. The deleted files remain there until you delete files from Recycle Bin. Deleting a file from the Recycle Bin (or deleting it directly using Shift+Delete) removes the file name entry from the folder. The part of the disk previously occupied by the file is not modified or overwritten and still contains the file data, but that data is no longer linked to a file name. That spot on the disk is recorded as “free”, however, so future writes to the disk can reuse that space, and if you keep using the disk, space will almost certainly be overwritten eventually.

That is to say, the deleted files can still be recovered using a good data recovery tool. The reason for this is that the blocks containing the data on the hard drive don’t get erased when you delete files from Recycle Bin or by using the Shift+Del method. These data blocks remain intact and can be retrieved unless they are overwritten by another file.

How to Completely Empty Recycle Bin

To make sure that you can permanently delete files without recovery, you can follow these steps to completely empty your Recycle Bin.

1. Manually empty the Recycle Bin

  • Right-click on the Recycle Bin icon located on your desktop and select Empty Recycle Bin.
  • OR double-click on the Recycle Bin and click on the Empty Recycle Bin option located on top of the folder window.

2. Permanent deletion  by erasing data

EaseUS Partition Master provides Wipe data feature to erase all disk data permanently in Windows 10/8/7. It can ensure that the data you want to erase from the system is permanently deleted even the data contained in the Recycle Bin. 

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 Windows 10 is supported


Step 1: Launch EaseUS Partition Master, right-click the partition you want to erase data from, and choose "Wipe Data".

Wipe Partition - Step 1

Step 2: In the new window, set the time for which you want to wipe your partition, then click "OK".

Wipe Partition - Step 2

Step 3: Click the "Execute Operation" button in the top-right corner, check the changes, then click "Apply" to wipe the data on your partition.

Wipe Partition - Step 3

3. Clean up junk files in Windows 10

After you have wiped data, you'd better clean up junk files.

Step 1: Again, launch EaseUS Partition Master. Select "Tools" and click "System Optimization".

Step 2: Click "Junk File Cleanup". Then you can click "Analyze" to let EaseUS Partition Master find junk files on your PC.

Step 3: You can check and choose junk files and click Clean up. All of the selected junk files will be cleaned and deleted from your PC. Click "Yes" to clean up junk files.

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