When you delete or empty recycle bin files, they are not actually deleted. The file which is deleted from the recycle bin stays in the hard drive as raw data, only the file name from the table of content or the file system attributes is deleted. This action indicates the hard drive that free space is available where a new file can be written or saved. Hence, the files that are deleted fromthe recycle bin are not permanently erased and can be recovered before the free space is overwritten with a new file or data.
Hence, it is possible to recover files that are deleted from the recycle bin using a file recovery software.One of the most used quick recovery tool is RECUVA. Recuva is a free utility software that let’s you undelete files after you have emptied your recycle bin. It has unique scanning methods including a “deep scan” feature to use when the standard scans aren’t working.
Steps to Use RECUVA:
Step 1: Download Recuva onto a drive other than the one that you want to recover files from.
Step 2: Run Recuva. You will be seeing a wizard tab asking you what type of file you want torecover. If you aren’t sure then just choose “All Files”.
Step 3: Next you will be asked where the files are located. If these files were deleted from the recycle bin then choose “In the Recycle Bin”.
Step 4: You are now ready to start your scan. This is also where you can choose to Enable Deep Scan if Recuva is having trouble finding the file.
Step 5: Once the scan has finished, you can now choose the file you wish to recover. Select the file and click the “Recover” button. Choose a location that is not on the drive you are trying torecover from, otherwise, you may overwrite your file.
Yet another good recovery software is RESTORATION. Restoration too, requires no install and because of this, you can put it on your flash drive and take it with you wherever you go. The quality feature of this software is that, you can focus solely on a file format that you want torecover specifically, thus limiting the outcome to a particular search criterion by means of a search term or a file extension. It does not matter if it is a FAT or a NTFS file system, Restoration has the ability to work with any of them.
Steps to use RESTORATION:
Step 1: Download Restoration onto a drive other than the one that you want to recover files from.
Step 2: Run Restoration. If you are using Windows 7 or Windows 8 then you may have to right-click Restoration and choose “Run as Administrator”. Next, choose the drive you wish to scan. If you know the file name or at least part of it, type it onto the “All or part of the file” box. You can check the box “Include used clusters by other files” but if this applies to the file you are trying torecover, then it will probably be corrupt. You can now click “Search Deleted Files”.
Step 3: When it finishes scanning, you can search through the file list to find the file that you would like to restore. Once you find it, highlight it and click “Restore by Copying”.
Step 4: You will now be asked where to save the file. If you try to save it to the same drive you are scanning you will be asked if you would like to select a different drive so you don’t overwrite the original data. Once you have finished restoring the file you should be able to open it.
These two softwares are very quick, practical, easy to use and effective, you do not even need to install the program, and so in this way it will leave no trash in your system. It is also free. So you know, if you have accidentally deleted a file and think it’s the end of the world, do not be alarmed, there’s a simple and free solution.