Ways to Empty the Recycle Bin & How to Recover Files

It is common for us to delete some unwanted files in order to free up disk space since the system runs so slowly and your patience is about to run out. In fact, the items removed from the Windows computer are not really gone. They are saved in the recycle bin in their original state. So you still have a chance to recover the files unless you empty the Recycle Bin which will result in the data loss. Of course, you can use the Recycle Bin to store files which seem to be useless at this stage. However, the space is limited that once it is over the size of rated space, the content would be automatically deleted to release the space for the new one. This is the reason why your files are missing, since you never perform any operation of emptying the recycle bin.

Part 1. How to empty the Recycle Bin

Step 1. Click on the icon of recycle bin.

Right-click on the recycle bin and then you will see a dialogue box come up to you.


Step 2. Choose the “Empty Recycle Bin” option

Select the option of “Empty Recycle Bin” on the dialogue box


Step 3. Perform the operation of emptying the recycle bin

As you see the dialogue box of “Delete Multiple Items“, you can press “YES” to process further. And it will display a progress bar which shows the progress of the removal process. And then, your files in the recycle bin will be deleted one by one as the process moves further. It may take a few minutes to carry out this process in view of the size and number of the files and the running state of the system. You should notice that files can also be retrieved, although the recycle bin has deleted them permanently.

Part 2. How to restore files after you empty the Recycle Bin

In order to retrieve files deleted permanently, you need an effective kind of recovery software. Recoverit Data Recovery is one of your best choices. It can help you to restore the files from computer or other removable devices, such as flash disks, memory cards, digital cameras and so on. The deletion may be caused by formatting, corrupt system and some other similar situations.

Wizard Mode Recovery tool is designed for the beginner, which can be used without difficulty. You can do the process according to the prompt shown on the desktop, and enter some text as you will be required to Mode Recovery tool is designed for professionals considering their technical expertise. You will obtain higher technology experience and support with choosing this mode.

In order to allow this software to solve your problem in the field of data recovery, you should download the version of Wondershare Data recovery which is suitable for windows, then install it on the computer and start it. The most important thing you should pay attention to is that don’t install this kind of software on your hard disk, since the data on it may be missing.

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Part 3. Recover the data with Wizard Mode

Step 1. Choose wizard recovery Mode

After the wizard is installed successfully, you are permitted to use this software. You are only asked to answer two questions, then press the “Next” button to process further. Then perform the other tasks according to the prompt.

Step 2. Select the type of files which should be recovered

At first, you should select one or more kinds of file types since you want to restore them. Of course, if the lost data is in different documents, you can also select all types as you like, such as videos, documents, audios, emails, photos and so on.

Step 3. Select the position of your lost files

After you have selected the file type, you need to make sure where your documents disappeared. And select the right position, for instance, you lost files from the recycle bin, then mark the recycle bin. Of course, there are many possible places, such as your desktop, “My Documents“, “Disk C” and so on. But, if you can’t identify the location, just select Computer.

Step 4. Press on the “Start” button to begin the data recovery

Press on “Start” to begin the recovery process. You should notice two options on your desktop, one is Raw file recovery and the other is Deep scan. As you select the Deep scan option, it will retrieve the lost data on your computer according to the file format. And the option of Raw file recovery will help you receive lost files which are caused by a variety of reasons. Of course, you can select to ignore these options, as you are sure about the way you deleted the files.

Step 5. Restore the lost files

If you choose “All files” option which has been mentioned in step 2, you will see the list display the files according to the category, such as database, archives, video, audio graphics, email, and so on. All of these files can be previewed before you choose to recover them. You can preview the files of Excel, PDF, PPT, RAR, and photos such as JPG, PNG, or TIF. Even if the program is underway, you can also check the data.

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Part 4. Some knowledge about Recycle Bins you should know.

The Recycle Bins is a kind of garbage collection containers like any other bins. But it is unique in its digital features and the things it collects are files which can be recovered.

If you empty files accidentally, you can also get items back as long as you use the data recovery tool. Sometimes, you would find the files disappear suddenly, that’s because the storage space of Recycle bins is limited and if you throw any new files in it, the old one will be deleted automatically without any warning. But don’t be nervous, since you can also restore them.

If you can’t find the icon of Recycle Bins on the screen, that is to say, it is hidden by some reasons. You can get it back without any obstacle by following the right steps. What’s more, if you want to change the style of this icon, the dialogue box of Change Recycle Bin icon will give you a hand.