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How can I recover a file from my emptied recycle bin?

How can I recover a file from my emptied recycle bin?

July 29, 2016

In most cases, if you delete a file off of your computer, you can easily recover it after a short period of time has passed. This is because the files you delete from your computer, are not actually gone. All deleted files are moved and stored in a hidden folder called the Recycle Bin. These files are kept there until the user empties the bin, or the older deleted files erase themselves in order to make room for the newly deleted files.

So, if you want to recover a deleted file, one can do so by opening up the Recycle Bin. Scroll down the list until you find your file(s) and double-click the deleted item. A window should pop up, and all you have to do is click Restore. The deleted file should reappear in the original file it was in before deleting it.

If you have already emptied the recycle bin, getting your deleted file(s) back becomes a little bit more difficult. If you are using a Windows computer, you can download the free version of EaseUS disc recovery. This software allows you to preview all deleted files, up to 2gB, and restore files from an already emptied recycle bin.

In order to download this software, the first thing you need to do is:

  • Go to this link:
  • Click Free Download to install the program. Make sure to uncheck the "Participate in the Customer Experience Improvement Program" box near the end of the download or else you will receive unnecessary notifications.
  • The program will launch itself and a pop-up should appear, asking what file types you would like to recover. Pick the file types that are applicable and then hit "Next". After that, select the disc where you lost the deleted file and hit Scan. After the scan is complete, you can preview all the recoverable files and select the ones you want. Your computer might temporarily change the names of your files to a random assortment of letters and numbers. If this happens, click the files to see a previewed image of it. If you emptied your recycling bin recently, your file will probably be at the top of the list. Now, the free trial version only allows you to preview the files that you lost. If you want to recover a file that you emptied from your recycling bin, you must buy the full version of EaseUs disc recovery.

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