"If Recycle Bin has been emptied, is it still possible to recover the deleted files from recycle bin?鈥

Many people asked the same question online. It is known to all that if you delete files from hard drive by clicking 鈥淒elete鈥 or dragging them to recycle bin, the deleted files will be kept in recycle bin temporarily. Anytime when you are in need of the files deleted, you can browse the recycle bin and click 鈥淩estore鈥 to get them back easily. But what if you have emptied the recycle bin and couldn't find the files anymore, can you still recover them? This article will give an insight into this question and explain how to recover deleted files from emptied recycle bin.

Can I Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin after Empty?

Whether you are working on Windows 10, 8, 7 or XP, when you delete files from the recycle bin or just empty the recycle bin, the files are not completely erased from the computer, but are stored in hard drive as raw data. The operating system will mark the free space where the deleted files once occupied as available before new data overwrites it. Therefore it is still possible to recover deleted files from recycle bin after empty, below are some verified methods.

Method 1. Recover Emptied Recycle Bin via Professional Recovery Tool

It鈥檚 desperate when you accidentally empty the recycle bin that contains all your deleted images, videos, documents and other files. Fortunately, when files are deleted or emptied from the recycle bin, they are not gone permanently from your computer, only exist in an invisible and inaccessible way. You may need outside help from a professional recovery tool 鈥 iMyFone AnyRecover 鈥 it will search deep into your computer and perform recycle bin recovery efficiently.

iMyFone AnyRecover is fully compatible with Windows 10/8/8.1/7/XP, and is 100% safe to use without virus contained. Besides, the software is user-friendly as the steps are easy.

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Easy Steps to Recover Files Deleted from Recycle Bin:

Step 1: Launch AnyRecover on your computer and select Recycle Bin, then click on Start.

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Step 2: AnyRecover will start both quick scan and deep scan on your emptied recycle bin, which saves much time and search for files effectively.

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Step 3: Once the scanning process completed, AnyRecover will list all permanently deleted files from your emptied recycle bin. You can choose to preview before recovery, finally click on Recover to restore files you want, recycle bin recovery is finished.

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Part 2. Restore Recycle Bin after Empty with Windows Backup

Backup is always the best rescue for recovering deleted files. If you have accidently deleted files from recycle bin or modified a file, you can restore them from a backup (if you have enabled Windows backup) or from a previous version.

1 Restore Deleted Files through Control Panel

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

start control panel

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

2 Restore Files from Previous Versions

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 restore recycle bin, you can try to get them back from previous versions.

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

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