How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin on Windows 10/8/7

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On Windows, a file being deleted will not disappear immediately. It is still on computer and just not visible for veiwing. If you have deleted files from your desktop using the "Delete" option from your keyboard or right click on your mouse then those files can be retrieved from the Recycle Bin. Temporary deleted files are stored in the Recycle Bin, which can restored easily. By doing so, you will be able to retrieve the deleted files and it will appear on the original location of the file where you saved them in the first place. Evem the Recycle Bin was trashed, there are still methods to recover the files.

Part 1 : How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin

Step 1: Open Recycle Bin by double clicking on the Recycle Bin icon located on your desktop.

Step 2: Find the file which you want to restore.

Step 3: Right click on the file and click on "Restore".

Step 4: The deleted file will reappear in its original location.

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Part 2 : How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin after Empty via Windows Backup

The main issue occurs if you have permanently deleted them and cannot find your deleted files in the Recycle Bin. This may also happen if you have emptied the recycle bin earlier. In either of those scenarios, you will either have to use a Windows backup file to restore to the previous state or you will have to use a third party software to restore the deleted files and folders. We will be discussing both methods in this tutorial so that you can get back your deleted files even after you empty the recycle bin.

If you are using Windows Backup to create to restore the deleted files and folders then use the following procedure to get back your deleted files and documents.

Step 1: Click on "Start" then "Control Panel" followed by "System and Maintenance".

Step 2: Click on "Backup and Restore".

Step 3: Click on "Restore my files" and simply follow the instruction provided in the wizard.

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The second way to restore your deleted files is to put the computer in a previous state. To do this, you will have to proceed with the following steps

Step 1: Click on "Start" and then "My Computers"

Step 3: Open the folder in which you have saved the previous state file and click on "Restore previous version".

Step 3: This should take your computer to the previous state version where you can find all the deleted files and folders.

Part 3: Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin after Empty Using TunesBro DiskGeeker

If you already emptied the recycle bin and forgot backing up the computer, then the only way left is by using data recovery software. This type of program is able to scan and retrieve deleted files from physical drivers with smart recovery algorithms. In this tutorial, I will use TunesBro DiskGeeker as an example as it is a proven solution to recover deleted files from laptops, PCs and Macs. You can use the program to recover deleted documents, media files, photos and other kinds of files.

Step 1Install and Open TunesBro Diskgeeker

First, you will have to download TunesBro Diskgeeker on your computer and install it in the desired location. You can download the software directly from their website and it is free to try. After installation, launch TunesBro Diskgeeker on your computer to start the recovering process.

 TunesBro DiskGeeker

Step 2Scan Deleted Files from Recycle Bin

This software gives you the option to recover Photo, Music, Video, and Document, Archive or Other files. You can either scan for all files in the entire computer which may take a long time or you can select the file types and narrow the searches so that the process can be completed quicker. Finally click "Start Scan" to initiate the scanning process.

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Step 3Preview and Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin

After the software finished the scanning process, you will be able to preview the deleted files before recovering. You can either recover all the files or you can recover only selected files on your computer again. The software will show all the files and folders categorized in their specific file types. Finally click on "Recover" to start restoring your files on your computer.

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If you have followed the above methods correctly then at the end of the day, you will be able to recover the deleted files without any problem. It is always recommended to create backups of your computer regularly in case you lose your data later. Also, you may consider uploading important files to online cloud servers to access them from anywhere you want. Hopefully, you found this article useful and were able to recover your deleted files.

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