How can I recover data after emptying the Recycle Bin?

Santosh Kumar Sahoo August 28, 2011
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If I delete something from Recycle Bin, is there any place from which I can get it?

  1. jello
    September 3, 2011 at 8:11 pm

    I agree with Recuva, it worked great for me in the past.  

  2. Anonymous
    August 28, 2011 at 4:06 pm

    Well download some recovery soft and do a scan to see if they can recover the deleted files

    theres the lite version also!

    if you are in windows 7 you can use the previous version option 
    ---Open Windows Explorer and find the folder where your file(s) used to be
    ---Right Click the Folder, and choose Properties from the Context Menu
    ---In the Properties window, click the Tab named: Previous Version
    ---IF Windows has made a Restore Point including this folder, you should see the folder name in the Folder Version window (the same folder may exist in several “versions”). Double Click the folder in the view.

  3. Ryan Dube
    August 28, 2011 at 3:31 pm

    There are a few file recovery solutions out there that might work for you. A few MUO articles have covered some:


    These are mostly oldies (the articles), but they're excellent resources for the age-old problem of recovering files that were accidentally deleted.

    There is one caveat you should be aware of. The sooner you run one of these utilities after you've erased the recycle bin the better. If you wait a while and use other applications, the computer may eventually overwrite the memory locations where that file was previously stored, and you'll be out of luck. However, if you run a recovery immediately after deleting the files, you should be able to recover them.

    Good luck!

  4. Mulder
    August 28, 2011 at 3:26 pm

    Sorry, but once you empty the Recycle Bin, your data is gone, unless you stop using your computer immediately and get some disk recovery software to try to retrieve any data. But that could take hours, and you will end up recovering more than what you just deleted, so you may have to wade through an awful lot to find what you're looking for.

    • Jeffery Fabish
      August 28, 2011 at 6:42 pm

      Mulder, are purposely trying to be wrong, all the time? Again, there is software specifically developed to recover deleted files such as Recuva and PC Tools File Recover 8.

      Santosh, try either of the tools mentioned or see 5 Best Free Data Recover Tools (Lifehacker)

      • Tina
        August 28, 2011 at 9:02 pm

        No personal attacks please!

        Back to the may take minutes to create a list of recoverable files, but depending on the space of the hard drive and amount of material that can potentially be recovered, it may indeed be a ton of material to sift through, which can take time.

        So yes, it's an effort and it will take some time, but it's definitely possible, and probably less of an effort and time sink than you think.

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