Accidentally Deleted Recycle Bin – What To Do
Fret not if you have accidentally deleted recycle bin. All is not lost. When you accidentally delete the recycle bin on your Windows computer, a few things happen. Essentially, having the folder on the desktop is a personalization setting configured through the Control Panel. Getting that part back is easy, but what do you do if the bin was deleted unintentionally while files resided in it? First, take a deep breath because the information is still there!
What Actually Happens?
After the recycle bin is emptied (or completely removed), the files within it are marked as deleted. This removes the information necessary for the operating system to locate the files. A good example might be having your phone service disconnected, but still having a phone number and a phone. The middle information is gone making you impossible to contact or locate.
An operating system uses the address table as a way to find data stored on the hard drive. After a file is marked as deleted from an emptied recycle bin, the locating information is removed from the table while the data still sits on the drive. It remains there until space is needed for new information and then the file is overwritten.
Introducing Stellar Phoenix Windows Recovery Home Edition
As you can see, without some way to retrieve the files prior to this point, the data is simply gone forever. This is where a dependable recovery utility comes in handy! Stellar Phoenix Windows Recovery Home Edition is precisely what you need to retrieve lost or deleted data on your computer. It may also be used with your Windows computer to retrieve information from an external hard drive, thumb drive, and more.
With this utility, it is as simple as selecting a volume or drive to scan and then selecting what you want to recover. Options are provided for previewing the information, making custom selections, and retrieving groups of files or the entire drive. The utility has options for making the information easy to locate, as scan results may be viewed by location or file type. You can even apply a filter to see specific scan results prior to making recovery selections!
Stellar Phoenix Windows Recovery Home Edition is compatible with several operating system versions. Once it has been installed, you will be able to:
- Scan a volume or drive for data
- Preview files found by the scan
- Select specific types, formats, or individual files
- View results by location, type, or a filter
- Save retrieved items to a desired location
The utility offers additional features such as the ability to configure additional file types for scanning. You can also perform an advanced scan, locate lost volumes, or perform a photo recovery. First install Stellar Phoenix Windows Recovery Home Edition and then follow the steps provided in the tutorial below.
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Step 1: Choose a Drive. Upon opening the utility, you will immediately see available drives for scanning and recovery. Click on Drive Recovery if nothing is displayed within the main utility window. Next, click on a drive or volume name to choose it for scanning. The selected drive will have a blue background, as shown below:
Step 2: Start the Scan. The utility provides two types of scans for drive recovery: Normal and Advanced. Typically, a Normal Scan is all you need to find and recover files from a deleted recycle bin. Make certain this option has been selected and then click on Scan Now to begin.
As scanning takes place, you’ll see the tree view on the left begin to populate with folders. A progress bar and option for stopping the scan are provided on the right side of the screen. You will not be able to perform any other actions until the scan has successfully finished.
Step 3: Configure Files for Recovery. After scanning, the next step to perform will be selecting what files should be recovered by the utility. This can be accomplished by choosing a view option located above the tree view and then checking each item you want to recover.
By default, the Classic Tree view is shown. This view might make it difficult to find your files unless you know their exact storage location on the drive. For simplicity, we recommend clicking on the File Type List option. This option will display located files based on type and format in the tree view.
The File Type List will appear as shown below and organizes each result based on type: Application, Audio, Documents, Graphics & Photos, etc. Additionally, within each of these folders, subfolders exist for specific formats such as BMP images, RTF files, and so on. You can select a folder or click on it to see additional choices.
Stellar Phoenix Windows Recovery offers a number of choices when it comes to locating and choosing items for recovery. First, you may check the box next to File Type(s) to regain every file located by the scan.
Another option is to check each file type you want and everything for that type will be retrieved. If a type folder such as Graphics & Photos has a blue square, this means that only certain items are checked for recovery.
Additionally, you can view and preview individual scan results by expanding the folder and choosing a file format like BMP or JPG under Graphics & Photos. On the right of the utility, an option is provided to check each file for recovery. Click on a file name to preview it within the utility.
Step 4: Finish File Retrieval. A Recover icon can be found in the bottom right corner of the utility and must be clicked to finish this process. It will appear in red once items have been selected to show that recovery is possible.
After clicking this icon, you will need to select a directory for the files to be saved. This can be on the local computer or a connected device such as an external drive or thumb drive.
As shown by this tutorial, retrieving a deleted recycle bin or any deleted files is easy with the right tool! Stellar Phoenix Windows Recovery Home Edition is a user-friendly solution for any lost or deleted data problems on your computer. To quickly regain an accidentally deleted recycle bin, complete the steps covered in this tutorial:
1. Choose a drive.
2. Start the scan.
3. Configure files for recovery.
4. Finish file retrieval.