How to Recover Deleted Files from Emptied Recycle Bin

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"If Recycle Bin has been emptied, is it possible to recover deleted files from recycle bin?” Many people asked the same question online. If you delete files from hard drive by clicking “Delete” or dragging to recycle bin, these deleted files will be kept in recycle bin. Anytime when you are in need of the files deleted, you can browse the recycle bin and click “Restore” to get them back easily. But what if your Recycle Bin has been emptied and you cannot just recover from it directly, what should you do? Don’t be panic. There are still ways to help you recover your deleted files from emptied Recycle Bin.

Part 1. Recover Deleted Files from Emptied Recycle Bin via Windows Backup

If you can’t find a file on your computer or you accidently modified or deleted a file, you can restore it from a backup (if you’re using Window backup) or you can try to restore it from a previous version. Previous versions are copies of files and folders that Window automatically saves as part of a restore point. Previous versions are sometimes referred to as shadow copies. So if you want to recover deleted files from emptied recycle bin, you can try to get them back from a Window backup.

Method 1: Restore Files through Control Panel

Step 1: Click on “Start” on your computer then “Control Panel”.

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Step 2: Click on “Backup and Restore”.

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Step 3: Click on “Restore my files” and follow the instructions provided.

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Note: To restore a file from a backup, make sure the media or drive that your backup is saved on is available.

Method 2: Restore from Previous Versions

There’s the second way to recover your deleted files from emptied recycle bin. To do this, you can follow the steps here:

Step 1: Click on “Start” on your computer then “My Computers”.
Step 2: Open the folder that you have saved the previous files and click on “Restore previous version”.
Step 3: Your computer will be took to the previous state version, and you can find all the deleted files and folders you need.

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Part 2.Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin Directly

Anyone can delete files at some point and then realize that those files are still important. Thus Windows created a Recycle Bin as an extra step in file deleting process, which puts deleted files in Recycle Bin temporally. Users have a second chance to restore files in Recycle Bin to original location easily.

In this way, if you deleted files from computer hard drive to Recycle Bin, these files will be kept in there, so that you can restore them anytime you find them useful.

This can be done with the following steps:.

Step 1: Click on Recycle Bin on your computer.
Step 2: Find the file you need to restore.
Step 3: Right click on the file and click on “Restore”.
Step 4: Then the deleted file will show up in its original location.

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Recovering deleted files from Recycle Bin is possible in a couple of methods and you can choose any solution depending on your actual data loss issue. If you do not have a backup for deleted files, you’ll need to use data recovery software to retrieve lost data. To guarantee lost files can be recovered correctly, you should make sure lost files are not overwritten.