How to Recover Files Deleted from Recycle Bin?

Updated on January 29, 2020

Recycle bin acts as a file directory for temporary storage of deleted files and folders. The size of the recycle bin is 10% of the total capacity of your hard drive. Every Windows drive contains a hidden folder called “Recycler” (differs according to Windows versions), which keeps record of each and every file that are deleted with its name, size and original file location.

Windows Recycle Bin holds details of data deleted accindetally or intetionally from Windows hard drive using conventional method. But, if data is erased from any other removable storage media like pen drive, memory cards, etc., such data will bypass recycle bin and gets permanently deleted.

How files get deleted from recycle bin?

When you erase a file from your Windows PC, it’s not deleted in reality, rather the file details gets redirected to the recycle bin; thereby you can restore those deleted files at any point of time in future. However, there are certain situations due to which files and folders may get deleted from the Windows Recycle Bin folder. The scenarios in which files get deleted from the Windows Recycle Bin are:

  • Accidentally erasing a file from recycle bin
  • Unintentionally or intentionally emptying recycle bin to free your hard disk space
  • When your recycle bin size exceeds the maximum size limit, a newly erased file would push out older files (First in First out / FIFO)
  • If you erase files by means of “Shift + Delete”, then that file bypasses the recycle bin folder, and gets deleted from the system permanently
  • Since recycle bin is only 10 % of your hard drive capacity, if you delete a large sized file whose size is greater than recycle bin it won't be redirected to recycle bin folder
  • Using third party tool to clear junk files on Windwos hard drive will empty recycle bin folder by default, which wipes all data sitting there

Are the files permanently deleted from recycle bin?

No, when files are deleted from the recycle bin or when emptied the recycle bin folder, the files are not actually removed forever. Erased files from recycle bin stays in the hard drive as RAW data as its file details like file name, path, etc. will be cleared from table of content or file allocation table; this action indicates the hard drive that free space is available where a new file can be written or saved. Hence, deleted files from recycle bin are never permanently erased and can be extracted before free space is overwritten with new data.

Is it possible to recover files deleted from recycle bin?

Yes, recovering files that are deleted from recycle bin folder is possible using reliable file recovery software like Yodot File Recovery. This is the best recovery tool available in the market to find and extract files deleted from recycle bin. It is specially designed with more than 30 features, which gives you efficient recovery of deleted / lost files from recycle bin. Apart from retrieving emptied recycle bin data, it has caliber to get back files deleted from portable hard drive, USB flash drive, memory cards and other popular storage media compatible on Windows PC or laptop.

Steps to Recover Files Deleted from Recycle Bin:

Download, and install the free trial edition of Yodot File Recovery Software on your system/laptop. Now, launch the tool and follow the below steps to start file retrieval process:

  • Firstly, choose “Deleted File Recovery” option to bring back erased files from recycle bin
  • If the first option does not help you to recover deleted files (may be due to delay in using the recovery tool after deletion), then choose “Lost File Recovery” option
  • Let the application scan selected drive and find files that are deleted or lost from recycle bin
  • Click on Show Deleted option, which gives you a list of files that were deleted
  • Choose the file, which you want to retrieve
  • Preview files (media file types) to confirm selection
  • Finally, choose new destination location to save restored files

Tips for Recycle Bin Recovery:

  • Stop using your PC immediately after emptying recycle bin to avoid any overwriting
  • Avoid using Shift + Del key combination to erase files

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