How to Recover Deleted Files from a Recycle Bin

How to Recover Deleted Files from a Recycle Bin

Recovering deleted files from the Recycle Bin is usually a straightforward process on Windows systems. To retrieve deleted files from the Recycle Bin, follow these steps:

  1. Open the Recycle Bin: Double-click on the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop to open it. The Recycle Bin contains all the files that have been deleted from your computer.
  2. Locate the Deleted Files: Once the Recycle Bin window is open, you will see a list of deleted files and folders. You can scroll through the list or use the search function at the top right corner to find the specific files you want to recover.
  3. Select the Files for Recovery: Select the files you wish to recover by clicking on them. To select multiple files, hold down the Ctrl key while clicking each file. If you want to recover all the deleted files, press Ctrl + A to select everything in the Recycle Bin.
  4. Restore the Selected Files: After selecting the desired files, right-click on any of the selected files and choose the “Restore” option from the context menu. This action will restore the selected files to their original location on your computer.
  5. Confirm the Recovery: A confirmation dialog may appear asking if you want to restore the selected files. Click “Yes” to proceed with the recovery process.
  6. Check the Restored Files: Open the original folder or location where the files were deleted from and make sure the restored files are present and accessible. If the original location no longer exists or if files with the same names were created after deletion, the restored files may have a different name or be automatically renamed with a numerical suffix.

If you have emptied the Recycle Bin or used Shift + Delete to permanently delete files, the above method may not work. In such cases, you can try using third-party data recovery software to scan for and recover deleted files. Tools like Recuva, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, or Disk Drill may be useful in these scenarios.

Keep in mind that the chances of successful recovery decrease if new data is written to the same storage space from which the files were deleted. Therefore, it’s essential to act quickly and avoid any unnecessary disk activity to maximize the likelihood of recovering your deleted files.