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.

SFWare, the most ideal tool for Recycle Bin recovery. Use it to recover files deleted from Recycle Bin, from emptied Recycle Bin and also recover files from USB's or external hard drives that do not end up in the Recycle Bin when deleted. Try now!

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.

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:

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 performing Recycle Bin recovery

Download SFWare file recovery software on your Windows systems. Complete the installation process and run the application.

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,

Recommendations to avoid files from getting permanently deleted

In other cases, 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.