How to Recover Files Deleted/Emptied From Recycle Bin

Last updated on 17/12/2017

How to recover deleted files from recycle bin after press “empty”? Is it possible to recover such data? Or worst of all what if files are deleted directly instead?

The answer is yes, but you will need a  Recycle Bin recovery tool to retrieve files from the recycle bin under such circumstances:

  • Mistakenly/Permanently deleted files from Recycle Bin or any digital storage device
  • Directly Deleted files/folder  - How to recover files/folder that were deleted directly without going into the Trash
  • Files/Folders get lost! The original data was gone and did not moving/copying/transferring to another devices successfully
  • System does not erase all files from the recycle bin automatically even it is full or has no available space.

It is an awful feeling when we emptied the recycle bin but found out the backup copy is gone/damaged as well.

In this case, iCare Data Recovery can be able to recover files from Recycle Bin, hard drive, external hard drive, SD memory card, USB thumb stick, camera/phone, etc.


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Video Tutorial: How to use iCare Data Recovery for deleted file recovery

Steps to Recover Files from Recycle Bin after Deletion

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Step1. Download and install the data recovery software on computer. Run the software and select a recovery mode.

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Step2. Select the drive where data got deleted from and run the software for lost files.

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Step3. When the scanning is completed, preview the found files. Simply save.

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Please try not to install any program on C drive if you want to recover files from the Recycle Bin.

Recycle Bin is on every Windows computer. It is a system file located in C drive. For recovering the Recycle Bin files, you need to install iCare on any drive besides the C drive to prevent data from been overwritten.

Retrieve Data Erased from Recycle Bin with a Command Line

Without any software or backup, command line will undo deletion and get back all mistakenly deleted files.

1. Press F8 when booting up your PC and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

2. Select the OS and user name to start PC.

3. Type cd../.. and press Enter > type cd $Recycle.Bin if PC runs Windows 7 or later version or cd RECYCLER if computer runs Windows XP and press Enter button.

4. Type cd and press tab key, then you can see a directory name. After seeing this, press Enter. (showing as picture below)

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5.  Type dir/a to show all files >  Type copy [file name] [file location] > Type cd../.. > Type dir and enter > Type ren [file name]

Now, you can see all files deleted from the recycle bin. By using Command Prompt to undo all deletion, the file names do not present as original. If you are not a PC specialist, DO NOT TRY this method

Rescuing Deleted Data from SD Memory Card/USB External without Recycle Bin

Recycle bin only used for storing files deleted from Windows internal hard disk partition. When you delete data from an SD card on your phone/camera, pen stick, USB drive or portable hard drive on Windows, this recycle bin data recovery software  IS WIDELY USED to recover deleted data from your digital device.

User's Comments for Recycle Bin Recovery after Emptying it


I once met deleted error, everytime I delete my files, I know it will be stored in recycle bin, so I feel reassurance, but that day after I deleted my files accidentally, I thought it was in my recycle bin, but another stupid thing came, I emptied my recycle bin. All my data lost suddenly, I really didn't know what to do until my friend told me that iCare Data Recovery Pro would help recover deleted files from Recycle Bin. After I used it, I knew that what is the most efficient professional data recovery software. Many thanks to you.

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