How to Recover an Empty Recycling Bin

The Recycle Bin stores all the deleted files and folders in your Windows operating system. It is a great way to delete files temporarily from the system. Luckily, you may restore the deleted files if you realize you need them. You can use your computer's "Backup or Restore Wizard" to retrieve the deleted items from your Recycle Bin.

Instructions

    • 1

      Hit "Start" and click on "Control Panel". Double-click on "Performance and Maintenance", then select "Backup Your Data". This will launch the "Backup or Restore Wizard". Click "Next".

    • 2

      Select "Restore Files and Settings" and click "Next".

    • 3

      Check the checkboxes next to each individual item you want to recover from the Recycle Bin, then click "Next".

    • 4

      Click on "Finish" to start the restoration process. Wait patiently as the deleted items are restored back to their original locations. The restoration process can take anywhere from five minutes to half an hour, depending on the amount of data you are restoring.

Tips & Warnings

  • Please note that you will not see the items you recovered in the Recycle Bin. The recovered items will return to the drive or folders where they were originally located before you deleted them and moved them to the Recycle Bin.
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