6 Ways to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin After Empty on Windows 10/11, 7/8

Rosa Reyes
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Recycle Bin on Windows, including Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 and Vista is used to recycle unwanted files you intend to delete. If you have deleted some significant files or folders and emptied the Recycle Bin accidentally, you still have the chance to restore files deleted from Recycle Bin. Here is a tutorial that will shed light on “how to recover deleted files from Recycle Bin after empty”, with or without software. But remember, stop using your Recycle Bin after the empty, otherwise the data will be overwritten.

Is It Possible to Recover Files Deleted from Recycle Bin?


For files that are emptied from Recycle Bin, also we call as permanently deleted files, actually, they are not gone from your device. Instead, these deleted files are still saved on the hard drive as raw data and they are invisible. Only when the data have been overwritten by new files or erased from the file system, the deleted files will disappear forever.

Where Do Deleted Files Go After Recycle Bin Empty?

They still stay where they are.

After being deleted from recycle bin, the references of those deleted files will be removed too, though the files become invisible and cannot not be read by Windows PC, they are still in the original folder on the same hard drive, until there is new data added to replaced them.

Easiest Way to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin After Empty

Using a dedicated data recovery tool is the easiest way to recover deleted files from Recycle Bin after empty on Windows 10/11, or 7/8, which scans the Windows PC fast and helps to retrieve lost data.

Cisdem Data Recovery for Windows, our top choice, is a powerful program to restore files deleted from Recycle Bin on Windows. It can recover 1000+ file types under 100+ data loss scenarios: deleted or formatted files on Windows hard drive or Bitlocker encrypted drive, corrupted disk, lost partition, virus infected data loss, etc. It scans and recovers data from 2000+ storage devices: Windows PC drive, HDD/SSD, USB, SD card, digital camera, various storage devices in different brands.

Main Features of EaseUS Data Recovery

  • Retrieve files under 100+ scenarios: deleting, formatting, corruption, virus infection, etc.
  • Repair corrupted or damaged JPEG photos and MP4/MOV videos
  • Recover from internal and external drives
  • Support 1000+ file types: office documents, photos, videos, audios, emails, archives, etc.
  • Support encrypted BitLocker drive recovery
  • Quick and deep scan mode
  • Filter file by type, name, date, keyword, tag for quick navigation
  • Preview files before recovery
  • Save the scan session

How to Restore Deleted Files from Recycle Bin after Empty on Windows 11/10/8/7 Easily?

  1. Download and install Cisdem Data Recovery on Windows.
    Free Download
  2. Choose PC Recovery>Recycle Bin and click Scan.recover files from recycle bin 01
  3. After the scanning, filter and file the recoverable items that were deleted from your Recycle Bin.recover files from recycle bin 02
  4. Select the wanted files and click Recover to restore the files deleted from Recycle Bin after Empty on your Windows.recover files from recycle bin 03

Free Way to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin After Empty

Also, you can use free data recovery tool to get the deleted files from Recycle bin back, for example, Recuva Free Version.

Recuva aims at recovering lost or deleted files on Windows. This Recycle Bin recovery software features a Quick-Start Wizard, helping you to restore deleted files even if you've emptied the Recycle bin. Recuva contains both Free and PRO version. Free version performs the basic task- recovering permanently and mistakenly deleted files, while the PRO version adds additional features, like automatic updates, virtual hard drive support, and Premium, you can find the differences here in our Recuva Review.

How to Restore Files from Recycle Bin after Empty on Windows Free

  1. Download and install Recuva free version on your computer.
  2. In the Wizard, choose In the Recycle Bin as the file location and click Next. recuva recovery 01
  3. Choose file type you are trying to recover, it supports pictures, music, documents, video, archives and emails. Click Next to start the scanning. recuva recovery 02
  4. Then check the recovery result, select all wanted files and click Recover to get them back to your Windows drive again. recuva recovery 03

How to Recover Files Deleted from Recycle Bin without Software on Windows?

There are 3 ways to recover files deleted from Recycle bin on Windows without software, using Windows built-in feature or other backup.

#1 Use Windows File History

If you have enabled File History to back up Documents, Music, Pictures, Videos, desktop folders even OneDrive files on your Windows 10 or 8, you can use this File History backup to restore deleted files from Recycble Bin.

  1. (Optional) Connect your backup drive to Windows PC if you use an external storage device to back up files.
  2. Open Control Panel.open control panel
  3. Go to System and Security>File History, click on Restore Personal Files from your backup.restore personal files

For Windows 7, the steps will be a little different as follows:

  1. Open Control Panel.
  2. Go to System and Security>Backup and Restore.
  3. Click on Restore my files to recover deleted files after Recycle bin emptied from a backup.

#2 Restore from Previous Versions

Previous versions are copies of files and folders that Windows automatically saves as part of a restore point or created by Backup. Beginning with the Windows 7, the "Restore previous version" lets you recover accidentally deleted, modified, or corrupted files or folders.

  1. Go to the folder where stores the deleted files.
  2. Right click on the folder and choose Properties.property
  3. Then go to Previous Versions, choose the version that you want to recover and click Restore.

Why I can’t find emptied files from previous versions?

  1. Only modified files have previous versions.
  2. You haven't created Windows backup or a restore point since the deleted file was changed.
  3. The system protection is not turned on.

#3 Recover Using Command Line

To recover a specific file deleted from Recycle bin, you can use Command Prompt if you have some basics about command lines.

  1. Press WIN+R and enter cmd.
  2. Type cd\ and press Enter.
  3. Then type cd $Recycle.Bin and press Enter.
  4. Type dir /s and press Enter.
  5. Locate the folder name.
  6. Type cd , hit Tab, then press Enter.
  7. Type cd , hit tab and press Enter again.
  8. Tyoe dir, press Enter.
  9. Type the copy command, here we take JPG image recovery as the example. Type copy “New Bitmap Image – Copy .jpg and C:\Users\roblef\Desktop, and press Enter.

#4 Restore with Backup

If you have backed up the files to an external hard drive or uploaded to your Cloud storage account, you can directly transfer the back up files to your Windows, without using any Windows built-in app or any other 3rd party tool.


That’s all on how to recover deleted files from recycle Bin after empty. With the above-explained methods, you will be able to get your emptied files back from Recycle bin.

The most effective method, I will recommend, is to use a piece of Recycle Bin recovery software. EaseUS Data Recovery comes handy in such data loss scenarios and beyond, it is worth a try.

Rosa Reyes
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Rosa has worked in Mac software industry for more than eight years. She believes that the purpose of software is to make life better and work more productively. In addition to writing, Rosa is also an avid runner.

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