Recover Files emptied from Recycle Bin: 4 Ways

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If you delete files in Windows 10 or 11, you can try one of four ways to get them back. To begin, you can get back lost files right from the trash. There is software called WinfrGUI file recovery and two simple ways that can help you recover files emptied from recycle bin.

Can You Recover Files Deleted from Recycle Bin

Windows can restore deleted data from the recycle tank. The recycle bin on your computer keeps unintentionally deleted files for a certain time. You can search for and recover deleted folders and files without losing data.

However, you may have an empty cache or expired files that were immediately erased. If fresh information does not alter the data, it can be restored even if you cannot view it. So it is important not to use your computer immediately until you have successfully restored your desktop file or recycled cache.

There are four reliable ways to recover deleted files from storage tanks. These methods provide solutions for recovering your own recycled tanks using the Windows file recovery tool. Each method deals with different situations, and it is important to understand their usability.

How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin After Emptying

A method that permanently deletes files, such as “Shift + Delete” or avoiding trash owing to file size or full trash, requires extra tools. WinfrGUI is software that can help you scan your computer drives thoroughly and restore permanently deleted files that are not in the trash.

How to Recover Files Emptied from Recycle Bin by Software

To perform Windows file recovery using WinfrGUI, follow these three steps:

  • Start WinfrGUI recovery software and select a recycle tank to scan to find deleted files. This option allows you to recover data from specific locations, including SSDs, which is more efficient than recovering a full disk. The software will start scanning quickly for all deleted files and automatically start deep scanning to find more missing files.
  • Found items are sorted by file types, such as images, videos, documents, audio, and other files, in an empty recycling box. You can filter the scan results to find specific files and first look at the files to see if they are what you’re looking for.
  • Click on the “Recover” button to restore the selected file value. Select a new storage location on your computer where there is no repository to prevent file corruption or re-writing. Make sure your drive has enough storage space to store the recovered files.

How to recover deleted items from the recycling tank using the recovery feature

As mentioned earlier, Windows Recycle Box retains recently deleted files for 30 days by default. You can easily recover files from storage tanks if they are not empty or if the files are still in the recycling phase. If the files have been recycled but have not passed the storage tank, you can follow these steps to recover the files:

  • Open the Recycle Box by double-clicking its icon on the desktop.
  • Find the deleted files you want to recover. You can use the search bar in the top right corner to find the files.
  • Select a deleted file or use the control button to select multiple files.
  • Right-click on the selected item and select “Restore” to confirm and move back to the original position. Alternatively, you can go to the “Manage” tab in the top bar and then click “Return Selected List” to restore it.

There is patience because the recovered file will reappear in its original location with similar content, date and time, etc., allowing you to access and use it again.

How to Recover Deleted Items from Recycle Box from File History

Using Windows file history saves, you can quickly get back lost files. This process will fail, though, without a backup. Following these steps will only get back information that was lost for Windows 8/10/11 users:

  • Click “File History” in the Control Panel.
  • To get your backup, click “Restore Personal Files” on the left.
  • Click “Restore” and use the left and right button keys to pick out the file you want to recover.

Windows 7 users can retrieve files from backups using backup and restore: 

  • Click Start, then “Control Panel”.
  • Choose “System and Security.”
  • After clicking “Backup and Recover”, select “Recover My Files”.

To recover permanently deleted files not recycled in the trash, follow the screen instructions.

We advocate utilizing a professional backup solution and a dedicated storage device to regularly back up essential data to prevent file loss. 

Restore Recycle Bin with the Previous Version

In the case that the recycling box fails to restore deleted files and folders from your computer, you can try searching for them in previous versions of the box. Please note that this method is worth trying. Here is how to recover the deleted items from the recycle tank using the previous version:

  • Open Windows File Explorer on your computer
  • Move to the folder where found the deleted content. Right-click and select “Properties.”
  • Click on “Previous Version”. Select the version before the deletion date and click “Restore”.

After the recovery process, check the original location of your computer to see if the missing file appears again. If this method fails, you can contact WinfrGUI for further help.

More tips on using Windows Recycling Tanks

Here are two more tips related to recyclable bag recovery. Read on to learn how to increase space for recycled tanks and how to repair damaged tanks.

How to Allocate More Space to Recycle Bin

To avoid permanent deletion of files due to insufficient space, you can increase the size of the recyclable tank folders by following these steps:

  • Right-click on “Recycle Tanks” and select “Properties.”.
  • Enable the “Custom Size” option and adjust the desired size for the recycling tank.
  • Click “Use” and then “Okay” to save and apply changes.

How to fix damaged recycling tanks and recover data

If the recycling box is damaged and stops working, use the following steps to fix the problem:

  • Right-click on the desktop and select “Personalize.”
  • In the left panel, click “Theme.”
  • In the right bar, click “Desktop IconSettings.s”
  • Select the “Recycle Bin” icon, click “Restore Default,” and press “Apply.

You can refer to the above-mentioned method to display or restore recyclable tank icons in Windows 10.


This post provides three easy solutions to recover files emptied from the recycle bin. WinfrGUI can recover temporarily deleted or permanently wiped files after cleansing the repository, also helps to recover deleted files on SD card.