The recycle Bin

The recycle bin of the Windows or the trash can of the Mac computer can help the users store the data files that have been deleted from their original locations. That is to say, if you have deleted any data files on your computer, you can restore them to their original locations from the recycle bin or the trash can if you want them again and as long as you haven't empty the recycle bin or the trash can. Since these two are almost the same thing, let's take the “recycle bin” as the example.

The limitation of the recycle bin is adjustable. If you want to make some adjustment, you can right-click on the icon of the recycle bin and choose the “Properties” from the drop-down menu. And then you can make settings about the size and location of the recycle bin. By default, the recycle bin is located on the Drive C, so the maximum storage space of it is 50% of the Drive C. Anyway, there is no need to use a recycle bin with too large space.

To restore the data files from the recycle bin

If you have deleted the data files, you can find them on your recycle bin right after that. In fact, these data files are transferred to the recycle bin after the deletion. To restore them, you can click on the icon of the recycle bin to enter to it, and then choose the data files that desired with the help of the “Shift” key. And then, right-click on one of them to bring up the menu, on which you need to choose the “Restore” option. There is also an easier way to recover the data files. You can right-click on the icon of the recycle bin on the desktop, and choose the “Restore” option. Well, with this method, you will restore all the data files on the recycle bin.

To recover the data files after emptying the recycle bin

As you can see, it is so easy to restore the data files from the recycle bin. So what if we have emptied the recycle bin?

It is known to us that the data files on the recycle bin will disappear after we empty the recycle bin. But do you know where they have gone? The answer is still on your computer. These data files have been hidden after emptying your recycle bin. So there are still some ways to recover them. All the preparations are listed below:

1. Stopping using your computer.
2. To get a recovery tool to help you.
3. To recover those data files as soon as you can.

Here are some different solutions for you:

Solution 1. Recycle Bin Data Recovery Tools for Free

1. Recuva

The Recuva is a freeware for the Windows computers. It can help you scan for the deleted files on your computer and make a list of them. And then you can recover them after previewing and selecting. According to its users, the speed of scanning is fast, while the rate of the data files recovered is kind of disappointing, say only one-third of them can be completely recovered.


2. PC Inspector File Recovery

The PC Inspector File Recovery is also a freeware for the Windows computer. It can help its users recover the data files that have been damaged on the drives. The data files cover almost all kinds of files on the computer, including the office documents, audios, videos, pictures and so on. As is commented by its users, the recovered rate of this application is good, but it can cost a lot of time to scan the deleted files.


Solution 2. The Wondershare Data Recovery – Recover Recycle Bin Data Efficiently

After the two free tools, now I will introduce a paid tool to you. As you know, there is nothing coming free. You pay the money, you will get better service. The freeware always has some intolerable shortcomings. For example, it takes you a long time to finish the scanning process or it is hard to recover all the data files that you want. Well, the Wondershare Data Recovery can have perfectly solved those problems.

Wondershare Data Recovery is a professional recovery tool. It can help you do a deep but time-saving scan for the deleted data files. And after that, you can preview the data files one by one and decide whether to recover them or not. And it can help you recover all the data files you want without quality loss.

Besides, the Wondershare Data Recovery offers four major recovery modes and is compatible with more than 500 kinds of data formats of the documents, audios, videos, photos and so on.

There are two versions of the Wondershare Data Recovery, both for the Windows computer and the Mac computer. And if you want to recover the data files from some external drives like the flash drives and the mobile phone. If you want to recover the data files from an external drive, you need to connect it to your computer.

Here is the step-by-step guide for your reference.

Step 1. Download and install the Wondershare Data Recovery on your computer.


Step 2. Launch this tool.

Step 3. Choose the type of data files on the primary window. You can choose the media files like photos and videos, or you can choose the emails or other documents. And then click on the “Recover” button.

Step 4. Choose to recover the data files from the recycle bin
Now you will be asked to choose the location where you lost the files. In this case, you can choose the “Recycle bin”. This will help you shorten the time cost by the scanning process.


Step 5. After you get all the recoverable data files on the primary window, you can now preview them one by one. And then choose the specific data files that you want to recover.

Tip: If you can not find the desired files, you can go back and choose another recovery mode to do a deeper scan.

Step 6. Click on the “Recover” button if you have finished choosing the data files.