How to Recover Files Deleted From the Recycle Bin

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Deleting a file in Windows sends it to the Recycle Bin before permanent deletion. After you empty the Recycle Bin or delete a file inside it, Windows won't be able to recover the file. Fortunately a variety of third-party programs exist to recover files deleted from the Recycle Bin. No data recovery program works all the time, but in most cases the file is recoverable unless you used a secure deletion program.

Instructions

  1. Download and install Piriform's Recuva. Recuva features recovery for deleted emails, files, unsaved Word documents, iPod music and damaged or formatted hard drives. It also includes a secure delete function to make deleted files unrecoverable.

  2. Install PC Inspector File Recovery. It includes support for both FAT and NTFS file systems and recovers the files with the original time stamp. Supported files include common formats such as DOC, HTML, JPG, MP3, ZIP and less used formats such as ARJ.

  3. Install Pandora Recovery. At the time of publication, Pandora Recovery is available at no cost. It includes basic file recovery options and works best when installed on a drive separate from the deleted file.

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