How to Recover Deleted Files from the Emptied Recycle Bin? (2021 Latest Update)

author Carrie Murray
date Saturday, July 24, 2021

This post will tell you how to restore permanently deleted files from the emptied recycle bin of Windows 10/8/7, and recommend you a super practical data recovery software with powerful functions and simple and fast operation – FonePaw Data Recovery.

Can files completely deleted from the recycle bin be recovered? YES! The Recycle Bin of Windows is not a paper shredder. It is used to save files that users do not need to use temporarily. If you have not emptied the recycle bin, it is easy to restore the accidentally deleted files from it.

The recycling bin can give users a chance to regret it once. We generally recommend that for files that are temporarily useless, put them in the recycling bin. In case you regret it at that time, you can retrieve them from the recycling bin.

It is generally not recommended to use SHIFT + DELETE to permanently delete files (opens new window), because files deleted by this operation will not be stored in the recycle bin, but will be deleted directly. If you are sure that this file is no longer needed in the future, you can also delete it through SHIFT + DELETE. In addition, if you delete a file in the USB/external hard disk, it will not be stored in the recycle bin neither. If you want to restore files that were permanently deleted after emptying the Windows 10 Recycle Bin or accidentally deleted data which is not in the Recycle Bin, follow the steps below immediately to rescue the missing files in Windows 10/8/7.

Page Contents

Part 1. How to recover deleted files directly from recycling bin Windows 10

When you want to recover deleted data on a computer, the first thing you should do is checking your Recycle Bin. Open the Recycle Bin, find the file you regret to delete, right-click the mouse and choose "Restore", the file will return to its original location. For example, a photo file named "abc.jpg" was originally stored in the folder named "123" on the D drive, then after restoring from the windows 10 recycle bin, "abc.jpg" will reappear on the D drive " 123" in the folder.

Sometimes the recycle bin accumulates a lot of files and folders, and the files that you regret to delete are stored in a certain folder, then when restoring, you need to recover the entire folder from the Recycle Bin. As in the Recycle Bin, there is no way to open the file folder to view the files inside.

Part 2. Recover emptied Recycle Bin with FonePaw Data Recovery software

It is very simple to recover files directly from the Recycle Bin, but the premise is that the files in the Recycle Bin have not been emptied. However, the situation is often not satisfactory. So what if the Recycle Bin has been emptied? You can try the software FonePaw Data Recovery (opens new window). It supports recovery of lost photos, videos, audios and other permanently deleted files from Windows 10/8/7, external hard drives, SD memory cards, pen drives and so on.

Step 1. Get A Recycle Bin Recovery App on Windows

FonePaw Data Recovery (opens new window) app is tested to be the best file recovery software for PC, which allows users to easily recover deleted, lost or formatted files on the computer. To begin the recovery process, you need to download and install the FonePaw Data Recovery on your Windows 10.

Tips: please don't install the app on the hard drive you want to recover the deleted data from.

Step 2. Select Data Types and Location

On the homepage of the software, you can select the data types such as image, video, audio, and document, etc. to recover. Then select "Recycle Bin" under the Removable Drive list (or you can choose the hard drive location where you lost data) and click "Scan".

Select Data Type to Scan

Step 3. Scan Hard Drive for Lost Files

The data recovery software will start a quick scan first. After the quick scan, you can perform a deep scan if you can't see your deleted data.

Look for the Lost Word Document

Step 4. Rcover Deleted Data from Recycling Bin Windows 10

From the scanning results, you can preview the files you want to retrieve. All partitions recycle bins are listed on the left side if selecting the Path List. Click on the "Recover" button and you will be able to selectively restore deleted files after emptied recycle bin.

Recover Recycle Bin

Tips and FAQs on Recover Recycle Bin Windows 10/8/7

Here you can also learn some tips and tricks about the Recycle Bin.

Show/Hide the Recycle Bin Icon

If you can't find the Recycle Bin icon on your Windows 10 desktop, it may be hidden and you can follow the steps to show the Recycle Bin icon:

Step 1: Type "Settings" in the start search bar. Select the Settings app and open it.

Step 2: Select "Personalization > Themes > Desktop icon settings"

Step 3: Select the Recycle Bin check-box and click "Apply"

Select the Recycle Bin

Stop Instantly Deleting Files

You may meet with the situation that the deleted files are not going to the Recycle Bin and they are erased immediately when deleted. That is to say, you won't find the deleted files on the Recycle Bin and cannot easily recover an emptied recycle bin. To prevent the data loss by the faulty operation, it's advisable to stop instantly deleting files.

To do this, you should right-click on the Recycle Bin icon and select Properties. You will be prompted with a dialog like an interface below. Uncheck "Don't move files to the Recycle Bin, remove files immediately when deleted" item on the box and click "Apply".

As you are working on this setting box, you can also check the "Display delete confirmation dialog" option, which would prompt you to confirm when you want to remove any files and folders. And you can also change the Recycle Bin location by choosing the specific disk there.

If there's an option there called Display delete confirmation dialog, make sure it has a check in the box so that you will be asked if you're sure that you want to remove any files and folders that you delete.

Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin Without Software

If your computer is running recent versions such as Windows 10 or Windows 8, there is a helpful feature called File History that can automatically store backups from selected directories. Therefore, you can access and retrieve your deleted files if you’ve activated the File History feature.

To recover deleted files from File History, simply type to find this feature on the Start menu, select the Restore your files with File History, and then click on the History button to show all your selected backed up folder. Finally, choose the files that you want to recover and click the Restore button.

Allocate More Space to Recycle Bin

If you worry that you will permanently delete large files, increasing the recycle bin space can somehow reduce the chance. But notice that the method can drag down your computer speed as the recycle bin may take up more space on your hard drive.

Here’s how. First, right-click the recycle bin icon and select Properties. And then, check the Custom size option and customize the space that you want to allocate to the recycle bin. Lastly, don’t forget to click Apply and OK to save the change.

Final Words

Our best recommendation to recover emptied recycle bin is to use FonePaw Data Recovery (opens new window), a professional file recovery tool to get back your permanently deleted files. Still, given that the Windows is always updating to improve user experience, you may have a chance to restore and recover the emptied recycle bin with the new File History feature.

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