To Complete Recycle Bin Recovery, This Is What You Should Know
- Recycle Bin in Windows
- How to Delete & Recover File from Recycle Bin
- Recycle Bin in Mac – Mac Trash
- How to Restore Deleted Files from Recycle Bin in Mac
- Recycle Bin Recovery in Windows and Mac
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As a computer user, you can’t be unfamiliar with Recycle Bin, which is used frequently when you perform deletion action on hard disk. Recently, Recycle Bin recovery is often talked about among people. Why? That is simply because users tend to make mistakes during file deletion – the unhelpful files may be left over while some really significant data are deleted from hard drive. As far as we’re concerned, deletion is an ordinary operation we’ve depended on very much in the following situations:
1.When the unused space of a storage device is becoming less than enough, users will delete some useless files to release free space for the storage of new data.
2.If users’ private information like bank account and password are saved in a certain hard disk, but many other people could access this disk in an easy manner, users have to delete them right after using.
3.Sometimes, various kinds of data are saved to hard disk without classifying. In this case, it’s not easy for users to find the needed file accurately. So, they may need to classify the messy data and deleted unnecessary files.
4.Once users find the running speed and responding speed of their computer is gradually decreasing over time, they’ll take actions to stop this. System reinstallation, system restore, hard drive defragment and file deletion are all employed to try to accelerate the speed.
Well, if the files, folders and programs are deleted by mistake, how could users get them back with ease? Later in this article, we’ll focus on how to recover deleted files from Recycle Bin and how to recover emptied Recycle Bin in detail. But now, let’s take a look at the introduction of Windows Recycle Bin and Mac Recycle Bin (often known as Mac Trash).
Recycle Bin in Windows
The so called Recycle Bin is actually a system folder included in Microsoft Windows; it is mainly used to temporarily store the deleted hard drive files. We can easily retrieve deleted files from Recycle Bin if we found we’ve made a horrible mistake – deleting valuable data carelessly. Using and managing Recycle Bin in a good way and creating a personalized Recycle Bin make it easier for us all to manage and maintain our documents in daily life & work.
In general, delete files, folders, pictures, shortcuts, and Web pages are frequently found in Recycle Bin and those files will be kept there until we further delete them, empty the Recycle Bin or until the total size of deleted data exceeds the maximum limit. In many cases, we could recover deleted items from Recycle Bin easily after realizing we need to use those items. However, for Windows 95 users and the users of previous versions, they are not so lucky.
In Windows 95 and previous Windows OS, there’s no such unit like today’s Recycle Bin. At that time, a file will disappear from computer hard drive right after users deleted it. Once users found they’ve deleted the wrong file, they have no choice but to resort to professionals or third-party tools to get it back since they don’t know how to recover deleted items from Recycle Bin at all. But now, the Recycle Bin is more tolerant. It gives us a second chance after wrong deletion – whatever we throw into it, we can retrieve just by a few clicks.
To be specific, Recycle Bin is a special folder named “$RECYCLE.BIN”, which is located in the root directory of each hard drive partition. However, it is hidden by default, and we can make it shown in partition by clicking “Tools” -> choosing “Folder options…” -> selecting “View” -> unchecking “Hide protected operating system files (Recommended)”.
Basically, after users dragged a file into Recycle Bin, right clicked on a file and chose “Delete” from pop-up menu or clicked a file to highlight it and press “Delete” in keyboard, it will be put inside the “$RECYCLE.BIN” folder. Thus, the deleted file still occupies certain disk space. Only when this file is deleted from Recycle Bin or the Recycle Bin is emptied, can that part of space be released for further use.
Right click on “Recycle Bin” icon on desktop and choose “Properties” to show above window. Here, you can find:
1.Recycle Bin folder can be seen in each hard drive partition, as we mentioned.
2.The maximum size of Recycle Bin folder in each partition can be changed by users according to needs.
3.Users can choose to delete files permanently by using “Delete” function, instead of putting them into Recycle Bin.
4.Users can also choose to display or cancel the delete confirmation dialog based on their needs and habits.
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How to Delete & Recover File from Recycle BinIf users want to delete a file, a folder or a program from Windows computer hard drive, this tutorial will be very helpful:
Firstly, double click on Recycle Bin icon to open it or just right click on the icon and choose “Open”. Secondly, find and highlight the target file by right clicking on it, and then choose “Delete” option from the right-click menu. Thirdly, tap “Yes” showing in the prompt window to execute deletion.
Well, as for how to delete all files in Recycle Bin (or we can say, how to empty Recycle Bin), there’re two ways available.
1.Firstly, open Recycle Bin by using the way we just mentioned. Secondly, press “Ctrl” + “A” in keyboard to select all the files there, and then right click on any part of the highlighted area and choose “Delete”. Thirdly, click on “Yes” to confirm deletion action.
2.Firstly, right click on the Recycle Bin icon to make it highlighted and to see right-click menu options. Secondly, choose “Empty Recycle Bin” to continue. Thirdly, press “Yes” in the pop-up prompt interface to allow permanent deletion of items.
What if users find they’ve deleted the wrong data? Can they recover deleted files from Recycle Bin? What they should do to achieve the recovery goal? Now, please allow us to explain those for all users.
After users found their valuable data are deleted by mistake, they must make up their minds to complete Recycle Bin recovery. But as for how to achieve, different measures should be taken in different situations.
If the files which have been deleted mistakenly are still stayed in the Recycle Bin, users are able to enter it and restore deleted files from Recycle Bin directly by pressing “Restore”. But if the mistakenly deleted files are further removed from Recycle Bin, Windows provides no solution for users to get back files from emptied Recycle Bin. In this case, a powerful third-party tool or a professional data recovery company is of urgent needs. For more detail in how to recover emptied Recycle Bin, please keep reading the following content.
Recycle Bin in Mac – Mac TrashLike the “Recycle Bin” in Windows, Mac also has a similar unit called “Trash”, which is also mainly used to save deleted files in computer, providing a regret chance for users. After clicking on the icon of Trash Bin in the Dock, users will see a Finder window opening on the computer screen. In this way, all files it contains will be displayed to us.
To be honest, with the Trash, Mac users are allowed to put the icons they don’t want to hang around on their hard drive in convenient and easy ways.
1.Right click on the file(s) or folder(s) and make it (or them) highlighted and then choose “Move to Trash”.
2.Drag certain file’s icon onto Trash icon and then watch the file to disappear from hard drive.
3.Press “command” and “delete” at the same time in keyboard.
However, we inadvertently discovered that an extremely large number of users have never cleared Trash Bin since their Mac had been bought. So we figured out that it’s very important for Mac users to know they’ll not get any disk space back until the files put into Trash are removed.
Here’s how to remove files from Mac Trash in order to release the space occupied by them in the real sense.
1.Right click on the Trash icon and then choose “Empty Trash” from the pop-up menu, in which “Open” option is listed ahead of “Empty Trash”.
2.The pop-up menu will also appear after users clicked on and held on the Mac Trash. Please choose “Empty Trash” when the menu shows up.
3.Firstly, activate the Finder. Secondly, select “Finder” in the menu bar and choose “Empty Trash” from submenu.
4.Make use of shortcut key combination – “command” + “shift” + “delete” to show delete confirmation window and then agree to delete permanently.
How to Restore Deleted Files from Recycle Bin in MacNow, we’re going to show Mac users how to put back incorrectly deleted files from Trash to hard drive since they often delete some needed files unintentionally.
If the Mac Trash hasn’t been emptied yet when users realize they’ve made a mistake in file deletion. Then, congratulations; it’s basically very simple to save accidentally deleted file from trash. Just choose one of the following ways to undelete files from Recycle Bin in Mac.
1.The first way users may as well try is using “Command” + “Z”: this is a simple shortcut key combination to undo an action which has been performed to Mac just now. This way is very easy and convenient to use.
But in the meantime, it has an obvious shortage – Mac users can only hit “Command” and “Z” to undo the deletion under the premise that this action is the last activity performed on Mac. In this case, the deleted files will be moved back out of the Trash. Otherwise, this shortcut key combination will be of no use.
2.The second way is to make use of “Put Back” feature: just open the Trash can at first. Then, identify the needed file/folder users want to put back to its original location. Afterwards, right click on the file/folder and choose “Put Back” option from the pop-up menu.
3.The third way is depending on “Command” + “Delete”: just enter the Trash as we suggested above. Then, select the correct file(s) to make it (them) highlighted. At this time, press “Command” + “Delete” key to return the selected file(s) to its original location.
After reading above content, we know that Recycle Bin is a unit in computer to keep hard drive deleted files for certain period of time. And this unit still belongs to hard drive; in other words, it still takes space from hard drive. Thus, if we’re pretty sure that the files saved there are not useful anymore, we could start removing them from Recycle Bin completely.
If users unfortunately deleted a vital personal document or valuable business document permanently, they’re highly recommended to employ MiniTool Power Data Recovery and Mac Data Recovery to recover data immediately.
Recycle Bin Recovery in Windows and MacThe way to recover emptied Mac Trash is similar to that to recover emptied Recycle Bin in Windows. However, differences could still be identified. So, let’s show users the specific steps to retrieve files from emptied Recycle Bin and Mac Trash respectively.
Just run MiniTool Power Data Recovery and follow the Recycle Bin recovery tutorial given below to get back permanently deleted files in Windows:
Choose “Undelete Recovery” module from the main interface of software (which has 5 powerful functional modules) to enter above interface -> select the drive which was used to keep deleted files -> click on “Scan” to detect all lost files in this drive -> check the files you need and press “Save” to set a safe storage location for them.
If you’re running a Mac and would like to recover files permanently deleted from Mac hard drive, please finish those actions:
Choose “Undelete Recovery” module from the main interface of Mac data recovery software (which only has 4 functional modules) -> select the drive from which files are permanently deleted -> click on “Scan” button to try to find all deleted files you want to recover -> check all the files you want to recover and then specify a proper drive to save those recovered files after pressing “Save” button in the lower right corner.
Notice: the free edition of MiniTool Power Data Recovery can support free recovering no more than 1GB data while the free edition of MiniTool Mac Data Recovery only support free scanning and users need to buy a license to actually recover files from Mac with it.
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