How to Recover Emptied Recycle Bin Files

What can you do if the recycle bin on a Windows computer is emptied unintentionally or before realizing, a critical file resided there? How to recover emptied recycle bin files? First, stay calm, as this happens to everyone from time to time. If files are emptied from your recycle bin, this informs the system to remove the information used to find the file via the address table. It is not actually gone, but the operating system of your computer cannot locate the file and open it. Although it might seem devastating, it is not the end of the world!


So what really happens to a file when it is emptied from the recycle bin? The address used by the operating system is removed, but the file remains on the hard drive until new data comes along. This creates a timeframe where you can use a recovery utility to retrieve the files before they’re permanently overwritten on the hard drive. Stellar Phoenix Windows Recovery Home Edition is a straightforward choice for recovering any emptied recycle bin files. With it, you can easily perform the following recovery tasks:


  • Locate specific files for recovery
  • Make file type or format selections
  • Select individual files
  • Preview files prior to recovery
  • Retrieve documents, videos, images, and more


The following tutorial has been provided to help you how to recover emptied recycle bin files. You will need to install Stellar Phoenix Windows Home Edition to get started.


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Recover Emptied Recycle Bin Files in 4 Easy Steps

Step 1: Configure a Scanning Drive. First open the application and select a drive for scanning. Any drive/s automatically detected by the utility will appear underneath Drive Recovery. If nothing is shown, try clicking on Drive Recovery within the main utility window, then click on a volume name to select it for scanning and it will be highlighted in blue.


Note: Stellar Phoenix Windows Recovery Home Edition may also be used to retrieve deleted data from an external hard drive. Just connect the drive and follow the same steps shown in this tutorial.


Step 2: Perform the Scan. The utility will scan your drive to locate every file that can be recovered. To begin, tick the radial next to Normal or Advanced. Then click on Scan Now and the default configuration will be used to complete the scan. For this example, we will be performing a Normal Scan.



After scanning has been initiated, the screen will appear differently and you will see a tree view along with a scanning progress indicator. Please wait patiently for the process to finish. If for some reason you need to cancel the scan, click on the red circle and X located to the right of the progress bar.


Note: If the Normal Scan option does not locate what you are looking for, try the Advanced Scan.


Step 3: Choose Emptied Recycle Bin Files. When the scan has completed, the next step will be to choose what files you want the utility to recover. The screen will contain three sections: tree view (left), preview pane (top right), and file list (bottom right).


The tabs above the tree view may be used to alter how the information is displayed. By default, a Classic Tree is shown. This sometimes makes it difficult to find what is needed so you can click on File Tree List instead to see all scan results grouped by type and format.



Checkboxes in the tree view may be used to select entire file types or formats for recovery. If you want to retrieve all data from the drive, just check the box next to File Type(s) in the tree view. You may also expand the folders by clicking on them within the tree view. Additional information will be shown on the right side of the utility.



For example, if you want to recover all documents, simply tick the box for Documents. To recover certain types of documents, expand this folder, and then check the box next to each type (DOC, RTF, etc.).


A square in the checkbox indicates that not every item has been selected. A check shows all items for the format or type will be recovered.



With Stellar Phoenix Windows Recovery Home Edition, you may also select single files for one or more file formats. To do so, click on the appropriate type in the tree view and click on a child folder such as JPG underneath Graphics & Photos.


After which, check the box next to each item you want to recover on the right portion of the utility. Click on a file name to preview the file before selecting it.



Step 4: Recover Your Lost or Deleted Data. Finally, the process will not be complete until at least one file has been selected and you have clicked on the Recover icon (save disk).


Choose a save location on the computer (or a connected external drive) and then wait for the utility to finish the recovery.




Recently emptied your recycle bin with regret? No problem! Now you know how to recover emptied recycle bin files easily. Download and install Stellar Phoenix Windows Recovery Home Edition to your PC and complete the steps shown in this tutorial:


1.    Configure a scanning drive.

2.    Perform the scan.

3.    Choose emptied recycle bin files.

4.    Recover your lost or deleted data.


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