Deleted Files Not in Recycle Bin, What to Do? [Answered]

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There could be some circumstances where you want to recover deleted files. Windows users can easily restore those deleted items through Recycle Bin. However, numerous readers said that the deleted files they want to recover didn't show up in the Recycle Bin. In this post, we'll share with you why deleted files don't show up in Recycle Bin, then you'll be able to avoid this situation in the future. We'll also guide you to recover those deleted files not in Recycle Bin. Keep reading.

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Part 1: Why Deleted Files Do Not Show in Recycle Bin

This issue can be caused by several reasons, including different delete actions, Recycle Bin properties and etc. After checking those reasons, you'll know how to avoid this situation. Let's check them one by one.

1.1 Emptied Recycle Bin

In common cases, the deleted files/folders will appear in the Recycle Bin. If you accidentally empty your Recycle Bin after that, the items there will be deleted permanently. There is a possibility you can get back the deleted files if you have enabled the Windows backup feature. Otherwise, you can only recovered the deleted files through a third-party program.

1.2 Unnormal Delete Actions

Some users prefer to use Command Prompt or press Shift+Delete to delete a file. The two actions will bypass the Recycle Bin folder. If you are not sure whether you'll need to restore the file, it's recommended not to delete the files through the two actions.

1.3 File was Deleted from a Connected Flash Drive

If you connected a USB flash drive to your PC and deleted a file from it, then the deleted file won't appear in the Recycle Bin since USB flash drive doesn't have a $Recycle.Bin folder. Therefore, please make sure that you won't need the file in the future before you remove it from your flash drive.

1.4 Recycle Bin Properties

Recycle Bin itself can also cause this issue. Navigate to Recycle Bin properties, you can see 2 setting options, namely "Custome size" and "Don't move files to the Recycle Bin". If you check the option "Don't move files to the Recycle Bin", the files you deleted will not appear in the Recycle Bin. And if the deleted file was too large to stay in the Recycle Bin, you won't find it there. So, you can customize the size of your Recycle Bin folder.

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1.5 Corrupted Recycle Bin

If the $Recycle.Bin folder is corrupted, it won't keep any deleted files. To repair it, you need to enter a command line "rd /s /q C:$Recycle.bin" in Command Prompt. Once done, restart your operating system and the problem will be fixed.

Part 2: How to Recover Deleted Files That Are Not in the Recycle Bin

Since your deleted files don't show up in the Recycle Bin, you are unable to restore them directly. Where there is a will, there is a way. In this section, you will learn several methods to recover deleted files that are not in the Recycle Bin.

2.1 Retrieve Deleted Files from the Previous Version

First, you can restore deleted files not in Recycle Bin using Windows' Previous Version feature. It creates a restore point that handles with data and settings in a specific past state for recovery.

Step 1: Right-click on the folder where the deleted file was located and click "Restore previous versions". A recovery option will appear.

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Step 2: From the list of previous versions, select an appropriate one and hit "Restore".

Note: The previous version comes from File History or restore point. If you haven't turned on the File History option or created a restore point, there will be no available previous version. You can go to Control Panel > System and Security > Save backup copies of your files with File History to enable this option. Besides, you can also navigate to Control Panel > System and Security > System > System Protection to enable protection and create a restore point.

2.2. Restore Deleted Files from Windows Backup

It is advisable to always keep a recent backup of all your important files. Windows Backup helps you do this easily. If you have back up your data with Windows Backup, ycan use it to recover deleted files not in Recycle Bin.

Step 1. Press the Windows key and "I" to open Settings.

Step 2. Click "Update & Security" and hit "Backup".

Step 3. Choose "Go to Backup and Restore (Windows 7)".

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Step 4. Click "Restore my files".

2.3 Recover Deleted Files That Are Not in Recycle Bin with AnyRecover

If the above 2 methods don't work for you, you need turn to a third-party program that won't require a previous version or backup. The program we want to recommend is AnyRecover. This fantastic program can recover deleted files from emptied Recycle Bin, and recover files deleted by pressing "Shift+Delete". Let's check more features of this program:

AnyRecover adopts all-round scan and deep-scan simultaneously, which can greatly shorten the scanning time and found more data.

AnyRecover does not overwrite your files while recovering new ones.

It can recover more than 1000 file types, including documents, pictures, videos, emails, audio files and etc.

It is not restricted to Recycle Bin. AnyRecover also recovers from other storage devices, like USB flash drives, SD cards, HDD/SSD, digital cameras, and etc.

You can preview all scanned data free. Additionally, you can recover 3 files with the free trial.

Download AnyRecover now and follow the simple steps to recover your deleted files before they are overwritten and lost forever!

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Step 1. Open AnyRecover choose a location to recover the deleted files. You can choose "Recycle Bin" or choose a hard disk drive where you have deleted the files from. Then click "Start" to begin the scanning process.

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Step 2. The program will adopt all-round scan and deep scan automatically and simultaneously.

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Step 3. Once done, you can use the search feature to find the deleted file. Preview it and click the "Recover" button to get it back.

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Here is a video guide to recover deleted files not in Recycle Bin:

Other Things You May Want to Know about Recycle Bin

Q1: Is deleted files really gone?

No. When you delete a file, its content has not been deleted; it has just been moved into $Recycle.Bin folder.

Q2: Where do deleted files go if not in Recycle Bin?

If it's not in the Recycle Bin, then the file has been permanently deleted. The space of the file will be marked as free, and other data can overwrite it. Considering this, don't write or delete files on your computer if you find your deleted files not in Recycle Bin.

Q3: How long do deleted files stay in Recycle Bin?

Windows 10 users can customize the storage time of deleted files in the Recycle Bin. You can choose to delete the files in Recycle Bin after 1 day, 14 days, 30 days, or 60 days. You can also choose to keep them forever.

Windows 7 will automatically delete the files in Recycle Bin to free space. Therefore, set a large size of your $Recycle.Bin folder is necessary.


By  Alva Doris , to Deleted Files Recovery

Updated on Nov 24, 2020

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