How to Recover Files Deleted from Recycle Bin

Daisy updated on Oct 29, 2019 to Resource | How-to Articles


Although not accessible, files deleted from the Recycle Bin are still recoverable. With the help of reliable Recycle Bin recovery tool - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, you can recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin or after emptying the Recycle Bin effortlessly. Get the data recovery software now and retrieve your precious data within minutes.

About Deleted Files and Recycle Bin

Recycle Bin in Windows is a folder that stores the deleted files. The Recycle Bin folder doesn't locate on a single drive. Each partition on your computer hard drives contains the space allocated to Recycle Bin. By saving the deleted files, Recycle Bin gives to the chance to restore the deleted data to the original location when you need it. 

Yet not all the deleted files will go to Recycle Bin. Temporarily deleted files will be moved to it while permanently deleted files won't.

Temporarily deleted files

The files you delete using the "Delete" key/option or directly drag to the Recycle Bin

Permanently deleted files 

Files that are removed from the computer permanently are either the files deleted from Recycle Bin or the files bypassing the Recycle Bin.

  • Files you delete using the "Shift + Delete" keys
  • The items you emptied from Recycle Bin
  • The items you delete that are larger than the space allocated to Recycle Bin (You will receive the prompt asking "Do you want to permanently delete this file?")
  • The oldest files deleted by Windows when Recycle Bin is full

It's almost inevitable that you find, at one time or another, you still need the files you deleted before. Luckily, there are ways to retrieve the deleted files from Recycle Bin, whether they are temporarily or permanently removed. Depending on the specific situation, you will need different methods to recover the deleted files.

How to Recover Files from Recycle Bin

Files deleted using the "Delete" key/option or by throwing them into the Windows Recycle Bin can be immediately retrieved by right-clicking and confirming "Restore" within the Recycle Bin folder. By doing so, the restored file will reappear in its original folder with the same contents, date and time, etc.. That's how many of us recover mistakenly or accidentally deleted files from Recycle Bin in Windows 10, 8 or 7. We'll break it down to make the process clearer:

Step 1. Open "Recycle Bin" by double-clicking on its icon on the Desktop.

Step 2. Locate and then select whichever file(s) or folder(s) you need to restore.

Step 3. Right-click or double-click on the selection and choose "Restore". 

Step 4. The Recycle Bin will then restore the deleted files to their original locations.

How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin

How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin (After Emptying)

However, once you deleted files from your Recycle Bin or emptied the Recycle Bin to free up space on your computer, you have deleted the files permanently, and you cannot restore them anymore without the help of third-party software. The same issue can also occur on Mac and make users wondering about how to recover deleted files from the emptied Trash bin. To recover files deleted from Recycle Bin, you only need a reliable Recycle Bin recovery tool to help you.

Why Is Recycle Bin Recovery Possible

Usually, when you delete a file and then empty the Recycle Bin, for example in Windows 10, you might think that the file is permanently gone. Items deleted from the Recycle Bin are recoverable with data recovery software.

Windows marks the hard drive space that was occupied by the deleted files as available for use, but the data is not written over until that space is needed. The file entry won't display in My Computer or be accessible via a command line DIR command, but the file content still physically exists on the hard drive. Data recovery software can scan a hard drive for these files and allow you to retrieve and save them. And the reliable hard drive recovery software - EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard will help recover files deleted from emptied Recycle Bin. 

Tutorial: Recover Files Deleted from Recycle Bin 

EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard is an easy recovery tool which is helpful to recover permanently deleted files from an emptied Recycle Bin in all Windows versions. It allows you to preview most of the deleted file types before you recover or purchase.

If you are Mac user and deleted files on Mac, you can get the Mac version to recover deleted files on Mac with ease. Here is the detailed guide about how to recover files deleted from Recycle Bin in Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP/Vista.

Watch the video tutorial to restore files deleted from the Recycle Bin

Step 1. Select the Recycle Bin to scan.

Launch EaseUS file recovery software - Data Recovery Wizard on your PC. Under the "Specify a location" section, click "Recycle Bin" and then "Scan".

select recycle bin folder to scan

Step 2. Scan all emptied files.

The software will start a quick scan immediately for all deleted files, and later a deep scan will launch to scan more lost files. After the scanning process, you can use the Filter feature to filter a specific file type, such as Pictures, Documents, Videos, etc.

scan recycle bin data

Step 3. Preview and recover files.

Once you locate the desired files, you can double-click on a file for a full preview. Finally, select the wanted files and click "Recover". 

preview and recover recycle bin data
You may feel confused when you need to select the partition to scan. Since the Recycle Bin stores files on the partition where it has been removed, you should choose the partition in which you originally store the deleted files.

In addition to performing Recycle Bin recovery, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard also supports other data loss situations, including formatted data recovery, lost partition recovery, OS crash recovery, RAW drive recovery, and more. Other than retrieving data from computer hard drives, you can also use the software to get back lost data from external hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, digital cameras, and other Windows-compatible storage devices. Thus, it's not only useful in recovering files deleted from Recycle Bin but also helpful in rescue data lost in other situations.

Extra Tips

As one of the most frequently used folders, Recycle Bin gains a lot of attention. Here I will show you two tips related to the use of Recycle Bin.

How to Change the Space Allocated to Recycle Bin

If you want to give more possibilities for data recovery from Recycle Bin, maximizing the space allocated to Recycle Bin is a good choice. As mentioned, Recycle Bin contains the space allocated by all the partitions on your disks. By changing the allocated space, you can increase or decrease the folder. The bigger the folder is, the more the files can be stored. By doing so, you can avoid files being permanently deleted due to insufficient space.

Step 1. Right-click "Recycle Bin" and choose "Properties".

Step 2. Check the "Custom size" option and adjust the size you want to allocate to Recycle Bin.

Step 3. Click "Apply" > "OK" to save and apply the changes.

Change Recycle Bin Space

How to Fix Corrupted/Missing Recycle Bin and Recover Data

Instead of asking help on how to recover files deleted from the Recycle Bin, some users are faced with another Recycle Bin related data recovery trouble: their Windows Recycle Bin stopped working and is corrupted. This prevents them from restoring data directly from the Recycle Bin, as we discussed in the first section. For users who are troubled by this problem, we offer two effective solutions in the article on how to fix a corrupted Recycle Bin and how to recover files from the Recycle Bin in this case. You can refer to the guide if you've got a corrupted Recycle Bin on your Windows computer.

Besides, a similar issue is that many users can't find the Recycle Bin on their Windows Desktop. Luckily, this error can be fixed following the steps below to show or restore the Recycle Bin icon in Windows 10. As for data recovery, you can apply the very same way as in the last part to get back your data.

Step 1. Right-click on the desktop and select "Personalize". 

Step 2. Now in the left-side panel, click on "Themes".

Step 3. In the right-side panel, click "Desktop".

Step 4. Select the "Recycle Bin" icon, click "Restore Default", and hit "Apply".

Restore Recycle Bin Icon

The Bottom Line

Whether you want to recover temporarily deleted files or recover files deleted after emptying Recycle Bin, you can use EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard to get things done. However, since the temporarily deleted files can be found in Recycle Bin, it's unnecessary to use third-party software. But I still recommend you download both free backup software and data recovery software on your computer. As you may know, data loss almost occurs on a daily basis. Thus, it's significant to back up your precious data regularly and get a data recovery tool that can rescue your data in easy or tough data loss situations. By doing so, you can minimize the chances of losing data on your computer or other storage devices.


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Frequently Asked Questions

1. Why choose EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard?

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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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