How to Recover Files Deleted from the Recycle Bin after Emptying

Daisy updated on Jul 08, 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.

How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin in Windows
How to Recover Files Deleted from Recycle Bin After Emptying
How to Repair Corrupted Recycle Bin and Recover Data

How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin in Windows

Files deleted using the "Delete" key/"Delete" 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 contents, date and time, etc. exactly the same. 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 even more clear:

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

However, once you deleted files from your Recycle Bin or emptied the Recycle Bin, 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. Actually, to recover files deleted from Recycle Bin, you only need a reliable Recycle Bin recovery tool to help you.

How to Recover Files Deleted from the Recycle Bin After Emptying

Things get a bit more complicated when you want to recover files after emptying the Recycle Bin. Once files or folders are cleared out from Windows Recycle Bin, for many PC users, it seems like they're gone forever. But it's not that case actually.

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. In fact, 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 file 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 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

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.
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 drive, USB flash drives, memory card, digital camera, 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.

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

Honestly speaking, 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 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.

2. 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.

3. 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.

4. 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.

5. 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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