Summary: Whenever a file gets mistakenly deleted from your Windows system, you first look for it in Recycle Bin. But, what if you find Recycle Bin empty? Here are some easy-to-follow methods to help you recover deleted files from Recycle Bin. You’ll also find a reliable data recovery solution - Stellar Data Recovery for Windows that can retrieve permanently deleted files quickly.
From time to time, you tend to delete unnecessary items, including files, folders, programs, etc., from your system to free up storage space. However, sometimes, you end up deleting some important data mistakenly. Usually, when a file/folder is deleted with the Delete key, it goes to Recycle Bin, from where you can easily restore it. But, the situation becomes difficult when you can’t even find them in Recycle Bin.
So, how would you recover deleted files from empty Recycle Bin? Fret not! You can get back your files with some easy-to-follow and effective methods shared in this post.
When the files are deleted from the Windows system using the Delete key, they are temporarily moved to Recycle Bin which acts as a container where deleted files are stored for a particular time period (30 days from the day of deletion). After that, the data gets removed from Recycle Bin. However, when you use the Shift + Del keys to delete the data, it bypasses the Recycle Bin and gets deleted permanently. But you can still recover such deleted data. When you perform the deletion, it is only the ‘file pointer’ that gets removed and makes the file inaccessible to users. However, the file data continue to exist on your system, until overwritten.
Data recovery from empty Recycle Bin is possible when the files are not overwritten by new data or erased using any third-party file eraser tool. If you’ve recently deleted the data using the Shift + Del keys or emptied the Recycle Bin, you can follow the methods shared below to recover deleted Recycle Bin data.
Carefully read the steps to perform the file recovery methods mentioned below.
Many Windows users keep backup of their system data on external storage media drives, such as HDD, SSD, USB, etc. If you also have a backup of your system data on the external drive, follow the given steps:
It’s a Windows built-in backup utility that creates copies of your files. If the files are lost or deleted, you can restore them using this utility if enabled prior to data deletion/loss. Follow the given steps:
Backup & Restore (Windows 7) is another Windows built-in backup utility that enables you to restore files quickly if you’ve enabled it before file deletion. Follow the given steps:
You can also recover deleted files from empty Recycle Bin using the Previous Versions utility in Windows 10 and Windows 11. Previous Versions are the copies of files and folders created on your system as a part of the restore point. Follow the given steps to get back your files:
Microsoft offers a command-line file recovery tool, called Windows File Recovery that can restore files lost due to deletion, drive formatting, corruption, etc. It comes with three different modes of operation that are:
You need to choose Default and Segment modes if you want to retrieve data from NTFS hard drives. However, to restore data from hard drives with FAT, ex-FAT, and Re File Systems, you need to run the Signature mode of operation.
Furthermore, the software requires running multiple syntaxes and commands to retrieve different file types, such as photos, videos, documents, etc., in various data loss situations. This makes it a less preferable option for non-technical users. There are some other limitations of this tool, including:
When there is no backup available, and you end up emptying your Recycle Bin, Stellar Data Recovery for Windows could be your savior. It is an easy-to-use yet powerful data retrieval tool that allows all file types’ recovery from Windows systems and external storage drives. You can easily recover data using this software in case of accidental or permanent file deletion, drive formatting, drive corruption, file system damage, or malware attack.
No matter if you used Shift + Del keys to delete the files or emptied the Recycle Bin, you can recover files with the solutions mentioned in this blog. You can use Backup (if available) to restore your files and folders. In case you don’t have the Backup, then you can use Microsoft’s Windows File Recovery tool or Stellar Data Recovery Software.
Though Microsoft’s File Recovery tool is free to use, it’s a bit complicated for non-technical users, and some limitations are also there. On the other hand, you can choose Stellar Data Recovery without second thoughts. It comes with a clean GUI and allows easy, quick, and secure data recovery in all common data loss situations.
Mansi Verma is a Technology Writer at Stellar®. She is a Tech enthusiast, holding over 7 years of experience in Data Recovery, IoT, Artificial Intelligence, and the Robotics technology domain. She loves researching and providing DIY solutions and tips & tricks to solve Windows technical issues. In her spare time, she likes reading novels, and poetry. She also enjoys traveling and trekking.