Recycle Bin Recovery Tutorial: How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin (2021)

If you mistankenly deleted files on Windows PC, you can first try to recover deleted files from the recycle bin. If you emptied the recycle bin, EaseUS recycle bin software with 2 extral manual ways can help. Get this software and let it find your deleted files now.

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Recycle Bin Recovery

  1. Applies to: Recover deleted files, photos, audio files, and more from the Recycle Bin. 
  2. Supports: Recycle Bin recovery in Windows 10/8/7, Vista/XP.
  3. Reading duration: 2-3 minutes

Are you looking for reliable solutions to perform Recycle Bin recovery? Follow this page, you'll learn how to recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin on your own with reliable & effective methods as shown below.

Can I Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin 

In this part, you'll learn:

  1. 1. What is the Recycle Bin? 
  2. 2. Is Recycle Bin recovery possible?

The Recycle Bin is a logical location on the Windows operating system to keep the deleted files and folders for a period of time. When you accidentally deleted important files on Windows computers, don't worry. The Recycle Bin will save the deleted files for you.

So can you recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin? The answer is Yes.

However, based on different situations, the ways of Recycle Bin recovery may differ. Don't worry that if you don't know whether your lost files were recycled or not. Just follow the cases below one by one, you'll learn how to effectively bring back your files deleted from the Recycle Bin in Windows 10/8/7 with ease.

Related post: Mac trash recovery.

Case 1. Manually Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin - For Recycled Files

Basically, most files that were deleted on Windows computers will all be removed to the Recycle Bin for a certain period. And you can easily bring back the removed files from the following situations:

  • Files in the Recycle Bin are not emptied.
  • Files kept in the Recycle Bin are still in the recycling period (1day, 14days, 30 days, 60 days).
  • Deleted files were recycled, not bypassing the Recycle Bin.

How to Manually Recover Deleted Files/Folders from Recycle Bin (3-Step Tutorial)

You can directly right-click deleted files and confirming "Restore" within the Recycle Bin folder. By doing so, the restored file will reappear in its original location with the same contents, date and time, etc. That's how many of us recover mistakenly deleted files in Windows 10, 8, and 7.

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

Step 2. Locate and select the deleted file(s) or folder(s) that you need to restore.

Step 3. Right-click the selected item and choose "Restore". 

Or you can go to the Manage tab on the top pane, then click "Restore the selected items" to restore them. 

How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin

Wait patiently, you'll be able to view and find the lost files in the original location on your computer by then.

Case 2. Recover (Permanently) Deleted Files from Recycle Bin After Empty - For Not Recycled Files

If you removed files using the normal ways as listed in Case 1, you can apply the manual method to bring back files. Yet not all the removed files on your computer will straightly go to the recycle bin. In the following cases, files won't be recycled but permanently deleted, including:

So how to recover the deleted files from the Recycle Bin, emptied or not recycled files in Windows 10/8/7? Here we collected powerful data recovery software with complete recycle bin recovery solutions to recover anything that you removed from the computer, without a time limit.

How to Recover (Permanently) Deleted Files from Recycle Bin After Empty (3 Steps)

To help you quickly restore deleted files that were not recycled from the Recycle Bin, we would like to recommend you try a third-party recycle bin recovery software for help. Here, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard worth a try.

 It will thoroughly scan your Windows 10/8/7 computer drive and find all the lost files even if you have emptied the Recycle Bin. 

Let's learn how to recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin after empty on your own:

Step 1. Select the Recycle Bin to scan.

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

select recycle bin folder to scan

Step 2. Scan and find deleted files from Reccyle Bin.

Let software to quick scan and deep scan for all deleted files. After the scan, go to the Deleted Files section or use the Filter feature to find all lost data.

scan recycle bin data

Step 3. Recover deleted files from Recycle Bin.

Select the deleted files and double-click to preview them. Finally, click "Recover" and save the files from Recycle Bin to another safe location on your PC.

preview and recover recycle bin data

Video tutorial for Recycle Bin recovery:

Bonus Tips: Restore Files from Backup or Previous Version (2 Methods)

Besides the above two Recycle Bin recovery solutions, you may also try the following two methods for the lost file recovery. 

Method 1. Recover Lost or Not Recycled Files from Backup

If you have created a backup of your deleted files via Windows File History or Windows Backup on a Windows computer, congratulations and you can directly bring them back on your PC. However, if you didn't create a backup, nothing will be found.

In this case, we suggest you go back to Method 1 and apply EaseUS recycle bin recovery software for help.

Tutorial: Restore Deleted or Not Recycled Files from File History Backup in Windows 10/8

Step 1. Type control panel in the Search box and click to open Control Panel, and click "File History."

Step 2. Click "Restore personal files" on the left pane to open your backup files.

Click Restore Personal Files

Step 3. Use the left and right arrows to choose the files you want to restore.

You can recover the whole backup as well as specific files or folders. Once you have decided, click the green restore button to restore content from File History to the original location.

Restore Files from Windows Backup in Windows 7:

Step 1. Click the Start button, select "Control Panel".

Step 2. Then select "System and Maintenance".

Step 3. Click "Backup and Restore", and select "Restore my files".

After this, follow the onscreen instructions in the wizard to restore the deleted files that were not recycled in the Recycle Bin immediately.

To protect your data and save you from the file loss issues, we suggest you create a back up of all valuable files on your computer immediately.
For an all-in-one tool, reliable file backup software - EaseUS Todo Backup can help.

Method 2. Restore Deleted Files/Folders Not In Recycle Bin with the Previous Version

When you deleted or lost a single file or a folder on your computer, but the Recycle Bin failed to recycle the file, you may try to find it from its previous version. 

Note that this method is only for a try. Let's see how to find the previous version of your lost files:

Step 1. Open Windows File Explorer on your computer.

Step 2. Navigate to the folder that used to save the deleted file or folder, right-click on it.

Step 3. Select "Properties", then click "Previous Version".

Step 4. Choose a previous version before the date you deleted a file, and click "Restore".

Restore deleted files from previous version

Wait for the restoring process to complete. After this, you can reopen the file folder and check if your lost files show up in the original location on your computer. 

If this method doesn't work, turn to EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard in Method 1 for help. 

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How to Recover Deleted Recycle Bin Files - FAQs

1. How to Allocate More Space to Recycle Bin

As mentioned above, when your Recycle Bin gets full, it won't be able to recycle files anymore. To fix this issue, maximizing the space allocated to Recycle Bin is a good choice.

You can increase the Recycle Bin folder space with the following steps to avoid files being bypassed or permanently deleted due to insufficient space:

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

Step 2. Check the "Custom size" option, adjust the size you want to add to the Recycle Bin.

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

Change Recycle Bin Space

2. How to Fix Corrupted/Missing Recycle Bin and Recover Data

Besides recovering files deleted from the Recycle Bin, some users are faced with more complex trouble. For example, Windows Recycle Bin stopped working and is corrupted.

In this case, sues cannot restore data directly from the Recycle Bin. To fix this issue, you need to make two moves:

#1. Fix corrupted Recycle Bin.

Luckily, this error can be fixed with the steps below:

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

You can refer to the methods as shown above to show or restore the Recycle Bin icon in Windows 10.

#2. To recover files from the Recycle Bin

As for data recovery, you can apply the very same way as shown on this page to get back your data.

3. What Else Can EaseUS Recycle Bin Recovery Software Do?

Besides recovering Windows 10 permanently deleted files from emptied Recycle Bin, what EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard can do? 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.
  • Retrieve data from computer hard drives, external hard drives, USB flash drives, memory cards, digital cameras, and more.
  • Preview most of the deleted file types before you recover or purchase.

If you are suffering from file loss issues, let this software help you out anytime. 

The Bottom Line

On this page, we collected three ways to help you recover deleted files from the Recycle Bin in Windows 10/8/7 and even older Windows computers with ease.

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. 

Moreover, we still recommend you apply EaseUS backup software to protect files on your computer. As you may know, data loss almost occurs on a daily basis.

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