Recycle Bin Recovery: A Comprehensive Guide
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When you delete files and folders from your system, they are normally sent to the Recycle Bin. These files are stored in the Recycle Bin until they are permanently deleted either manually or automatically. This process is ok as long as the files deleted are not important.
However, if you have deleted important files from the Recycle Bin, it becomes necessary to recover them.
Fortunately, there are some built-in tools as well as professional software available at your disposal to recover files emptied from Recycle Bin. Let us look into them one by one in this comprehensive Recycle Bin recovery guide.
Note: You will also receive tips on how to stop Recycle Bin from automatically deleting files in the end of this article.
Solution 1: Recover Deleted Files using File History Backup
Prerequisite: You will need to have File History feature enabled on your system before the data loss occurred.
File History feature is a great built-in tool to backup files and folders on your system. It creates a snapshot of all the files at various points in time and stores them. So, when the need arises to recover, File History feature can come in handy.
To use the File History feature, follow the steps below.
- Click on Start menu and select Settings
- Then select Update & Security
- Select Backup > More Options to open a Backup Options screen
- Select the option labelled Restore files from a current backup
- Select the file/s you want to restore and click the Restore button
Solution 2: Recover files using SFWare file recovery software
SFWare provides a dedicated tool for Recycle Bin recovery. It can not only be used to recover files deleted from the Recycle Bin, but also in various other instances such as:
- Recovery of automatically deleted files from Recycle Bin
- Recovery of files emptied from the Recycle Bin manually
- Recovery of large files that bypass the Recycle Bin when deleted
- Recovery of Shift + Deleted files
- Also recovers files deleted from USB’s and hard drives that don’t go to the Recycle Bin
There is no limitation on the type of files you can recover using SFWare. Basically all types of files like Word, Excel, PDF’s, notes, images, videos, audio files can be recovered. The tool supports identification and recovery of around 300 types of files using unique signature search algorithms.
The added advantage is that it can be used on both Windows and Mac systems. Hence, it supports recovery from both Windows Recycle Bin and Mac Trash.
Steps for Recycle Bin Recovery:
Download SFWare file recovery software on your Windows systems. Complete the installation process and run the application.
- When the main screen opens, select Recover Files option
- Select Recover Deleted Files in the next window
- Next, select the drive from where deleted files are to be recovered and click on the Next button
- Now, all the recoverable files will appear. You can view these files in either File Type View to have files listed by file types. Or use the Data View option to have files listed by folders
- Next, double click on any file to preview
- Select the files you need and save them in any desired location
- Wait for some time. Once the recovery is done, save the restored DMG file on any desired location
Bonus tip: How to prevent Recycle Bin from automatically deleting files?
Usually, Recycle Bin is set to automatically delete files after 30 days. However, if you would like to keep the files in the Recycle Bin for longer, you can disable the automatic delete function. To do so,
- Click on Start menu and select Settings > System
- Then select Storage and click on the option ‘Change how we free up space automatically’
- Under the drop-down, Delete files in the Recycle Bin if they’ve been there over, select Never
Recommendations to avoid files from getting permanently deleted
- By using the Stop automatic deletion from Recycle Bin technique explained above, you can be sure that the files stay in the Recycle Bin until they are manually deleted. This will avoid deletion of files without your permission.
- Secondly, you can also double-check if the Delete Confirmation dialogue is turned ON. This will enable confirmation messages like Are you sure you want to move this file to the Recycle Bin.
- To check if this feature is turned ON, right click on the Recycle Bin and select Properties. In the General tab, check if the Display Delete Confirmation dialogue is checked. This will help you double check the file you are deleting and keep a tab on it.
- Also, when the file is too large, it bypasses the Recycle Bin and gets deleted permanently. But you may receive a confirmation dialogue like Do you want to delete the file permanently. Watch for such signs carefully and confirm only if you don’t need the file.
- Even after following precautions, sometimes you cannot help files getting deleted from the Recycle Bin or from getting permanently deleted. In that case, use SFWare, the most efficient and cost-effective way to recover files from Recycle Bin.