[Fixed] Can't Find or Open Recycle Bin Windows 10/8/7

Jean updated on Aug 27, 2019 to Resource | How-to Articles


Somehow you can't find recycle bin icon on desktop or simply can't open recycle bin to recover deleted files there in Windows 10, 8 or 7? Do not worry, we find full solutions for you to fix recycle bin issue happily. Download the powerful EaseUS recycle bin recovery software to restore recycle bin files if necessary.

How to Recover Deleted Files When Recycle Bin Missing or Not Opening

"I've lost my recycle bin icon in Windows 7; it was on my desktop, now I can't find it even with a search."

"Windows 10 recycle bin keeps crashing. I can't open recycle bin and get back deleted files."

Windows recycle bin application designed to preserve files which users deleted in daily use. You can choose to empty recycle bin to erase all deleted contents permanently or use the 'restore' function to restore a previously deleted item. Sometimes, you'll run into trouble to access the recycle bin in Windows 10, 8 or 7, only because the icon is missing or recycle bin is not opening.

Download and install EaseUS data recovery software in this event. It works 100% on recycle bin recovery. So, it's the ideal choice to recover deleted files from recycle bin, especially when it's missing and not opening.

Please check your Recycle Bin firstly when you deleted or lost files on your PC.
If nothing appears in the Recycle Bin, or if you've emptied or permanently deleted files from it, refer to the below recycle bin recovery guide for help now:

Step 1. Run file recovery software.

  • Launch EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC.
  • Click "Specify a location" to choose the right location where you lost files.
  • Click "Scan" and let the program scans the selected location and find your lost recycle bin files.
Run data recovery software.

Step 2. Find and preview lost recycle bin files.

  • After the scanning process, check the "Deleted Files" tab to find your deleted files.
  • Or you can also use "Filter > Recycle Bin" option to quickly find the recycle bin files.
Find and preview lost recycle bin files.

Step 3. Restore recycle bin data.

  • Last, you can choose the found recycle bin files and navigate to a secure location to save them.
  • Click "Recover" to restore those files.
Restore lost recycle bin files.

How to Fix 'Can't Find Recycle Bin'

Usually, when we bought a new PC, there is a recycle bin shortcut (a recycle bin icon) on the desktop. Due to some unknown error, one day you may surprisingly find that the icon disappeared! Take it easy though. If the other desktop's icons are not seen along with the recycle bin, right-click on blank space and locate your mouse pointer to View, tick the option Show desktop icons.

If it doesn't restore disappeared recycle bin icon, try this solution:

Step 1. Select Start -> Settings -> Personalization -> Themes -> Desktop icon settings.
Step 2. Make sure the checkbox for Recycle Bin is checked, then select OK. You should see the icon displayed on your desktop. 

How to Fix 'Can't Open Recycle Bin'

Being different from missing the recycle bin icon, quite a large number of Windows users are facing an even more serious problem. Whenever they tried double clicking on the recycle bin to open it, the application keeps crashing, causing an endless loop.

If this is your case, you need to find a way to fix corrupted recycle bin to visit data within.

To fix the recycle bin corruption issue, use the commands here:

Step 1. Run Command Prompt as an administrator.
Step 2. Type the command rd /s /q C:\$Recycle.bin and press enter.
Step 3. Type exit to close the Command Prompt window.


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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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