The Recycle bin icon on the Windows desktop is a directory that temporarily stores files deleted by the users. This enables you to retrieve those files back which you may have accidentally deleted. Deleted items remain there in Recycle bin until they are retrieved back. In Windows OS files can be moved to Recycle bin in a number of ways like selecting a file and pressing delete key, right clicking a file and selecting delete from the drop down menu, by dragging and dropping a file into Recycle bin, etc. In Windows one Recycle bin is allocated for each partition or hard disk. Sometimes, we lose our important files from Windows Recycle bin i.e. files cannot be accessed anymore due to certain scenarios. Some of these scenarios are discussed below:
Common File loss Scenarios from Windows Recycle Bin:
- Human Error: By accidentally using Shift + Delete keys files are deleted without being moved to the Recycle bin i.e. they bypass the Recycle bin after deletion. Data can also be lost from Recycle bin while trying to free some disk space by emptying Recycle bin folder. Files deleted from compressed folders are also not stored in Recycle bin.
- Recycle bin Bypass: There are certain cases when the files themselves get deleted from Windows Recycle bin and hence cannot be accessed by user anymore. Those cases are called Recycle bin bypass. When Recycle bin is full Windows automatically creates enough space for most recently deleted files by clearing some previously deleted files. When a file deleted from Windows operating system is having size larger than that of the free space available in the Recycle bin, either the file bypasses the Recycle bin and gets deleted from Recycle bin automatically or the file is stored in the Recycle bin by deleting some previously deleted files. In both the cases some important files are deleted from Recycle bin.
- File Exceeding in size: Each partition in Windows operating system has its own Recycle bin. Files deleted from each partition will get stored in its respective Recycle bin. When a file having size larger than that of the size of the Recycle bin is deleted it is not stored in the Recycle bin and it simply bypasses the Recycle bin.
- Using Command Prompt: Some of the important files may get deleted while using Windows command prompt like by using “del” command or by using cut and paste command.
To avoid file deletion from Recycle bin in all the above mentioned scenarios some precautions should be followed.
- Always maintain some free space in the Recycle bin so that if any important file gets deleted by chance it will not bypass the Recycle bin and can be undeleted back from Recycle bin.
- Check the Recycle bin at regular time interval. If any of the deleted file is not important, you can delete it from the Recycle Bin which will create some free space for further deleted files in Windows Recycle bin.
- If any files you have to delete is having larger size than that of the Recycle bin size you can delete it partially or by shifting it to any other partition whose Recycle bin has enough size to hold that file.
If you will follow all the above precautions the chances of files getting deleted from Windows Recycle bin will decrease.
In case you have already lost/deleted your important file from the Recycle Bin then you can easily recover files deleted or lost from Recycle bin using Recycle Bin Recovery software. If the images or pictures have got deleted from your system, then this software will surely helps you to undelete pictures in a short period of time.
The features of this software include recovery of files which are deleted accidentally using shift + delete key combination. The files which are deleted by bypassing the Recycle bin due to large size or lack of free space can also be undeleted using this software. Files deleted using command prompt or from compressed folders can also be undeleted by this software. The software helps to Windows Vista file recovery, Windows 7, Win XP, Windows server 2003 and Windows server 2008 file recovery in less span of time.. You can download the software to undelete all your important files from Recycle bin. The software can also restore SD card data and other flash drives data easily. View more for further details.
Following are the steps retrieve files deleted from the Recycle bin:
Step 1: Use any other partition for installation of the software other than the affected partition.
Step 2: After successful installation of the software, run the software. Choose “Recover Deleted Files” to undelete files from Windows Recycle bin as shown in Figure 1.
Figure 1 : Select Recover Deleted Files
Step 3: From the next window, select the logical drive from where you lost your files and then click “Next” as shown in Figure 2.
Figure 2: Select Logical Drive
Step 4: The software starts scanning the selected drive. Once the scanning is completed, you can view all your deleted files both in file type view and data type view as shown in Figure 3.
Figure 3: View Recovered Data