Easy Recovery-Deleted Files from SD Card Not in Recycle Bin

Deleted files from SD card not in Recycle Bin? This page shows you how to recover deleted SD card files not found in Recycle Bin with/without software.


By Lora / Updated on March 29, 2024

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My deleted files from SD card are not in the Recycle Bin, how to recover them? 

I accidentally deleted some files from my SD card, I went to the recycle bin to restore it, but the deleted files didn't show up. Why? I want to know how to recover deleted files not in recycle bin?

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Typically, SD cards are designed to be used in smartphones, cameras, and many other devices, as a storage Expander or as a medium to transfer data between devices. Sometimes, you may accidentally delete some files on SD card, then go to the Recycle Bin to restore them, only to find that they are not in the Recycle Bin.

Why are deleted files not in the Recycle Bin? Where do they go? How to recover deleted files from SD card not in Recycle Bin? Today, in this passage, we will discuss this series of questions.

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Why are deleted files not in the Recycle Bin?

Recycle Bin, also known as temporary storage space for deleted files, is a very special folder in the Windows operating system. Normally, if you delete data from an SD card while connected to a computer or laptop, all files deleted by clicking the "Delete" button will be put into the Recycle Bin.

Well, in theory things should work this way, but the reality is often different. In some cases, you may find that recently deleted files or folders are not in the Recycle Bin.

This is a common problem. It can be caused by many reasons, such as: 

 You emptied the Recycle Bin by mistake.
 You press the Shift +Delete key while deleting a file or folder.
 Removing files to Recycle Bin is disabled.
 The deleted file is too large and exceeds the maximum size of the Recycle Bin.
You use the Command Prompt to force delete a file or folder.
Hidden files and folders block Recycle Bin.
The Recycle Bin is corrupted and can’t keep deleted files.

Where do deleted files go if they are not in the Recycle Bin?

When you delete SD card files on your computer, they are not in the Recycle Bin for various reasons, so where did they go? In fact, although the files have been deleted from the Recycle Bin, they still exist on the SD card drive. They will remain there until overwritten by new data.

Whatever the reason for the deleted files not in the Recycle Bin, here are some methods you can try to troubleshoot.

We recommend that you perform SD card recovery as soon as possible, as permanently deleted files may be overwritten by your newly added files. If so, there is no way to recover them no matter what method you use.

How to Recover deleted files from SD card not in Recycle Bin with software ★★★ ★★

As long as the space freed by the deleted file is not overwritten, even if the deleted file is not in the Recycle Bin, there is a good chance that you can recover deleted files not in Recycle Bin Windows 10 using professional data recovery software--MyRecover.

It is a powerful Windows file recovery utility that can help you easily retrieve deleted data from SD card for free, even if you accidentally emptied the Recycle Bin. 


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Step 1. Connect the SD card to computer > Launch MyRecover > Hover the mouse over the drive and click Scan to scan.

external hard drive start scan

Step 2. Then it will automatically scan all deleted or lost files on your SD card, these files will be listed in the Scanned files list, you can click each folder to preview the files.

external hard drive scanning

Step 3. Check the scanned file, if you find the desired file, without waiting for the full scanning process, select the data you want to recover and click Recover x files.

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How to recover deleted files from SD card without software

If you backed up the SD card in advance, you can recover deleted files from the SD card without software. In this case, when you deleted one or more critical files or folders by mistake, you can try to recover them from the backup without downloading or installing any third-party data recovery software. Here are two ways:

Solution 1. Restore deleted SD card files from Previous Versions

On Windows, you can restore previous versions of deleted files from a File History backup or restore point. It works even if you emptied the Recycle Bin or a shift deleted your files or folders. This solution is simple, but its effectiveness depends on your file history settings and previous system backups.

Steps to restore previous versions of deleted files that are not in the Recycle Bin:

Step 1. Right-click on the folder that contains the deleted files and select the Restore previous versions option.

select properties or restore previous versions

Note: If you don't remember the exact folder name or its location, you can search for it by typing the file name in the search box in File Explorer.

Step 2. Select the previous version you need and click Restore.

click restore

Solution 2. Retrieve deleted SD card files from Windows Backup

If you created a backup using the Windows Backup feature, you might be able to recover deleted files not in the Recycle Bin in Windows 10 from the Backup. Refer to the following steps:

Step 1. Connect the SD card to the computer > Press Windows + I key to open Settings.

Step 2. Select Update & Security > tap Backup.

Step 3. Click Backup & Restore (Windows 7) > tap Restore My Files.

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That’s all for how to recover deleted files from SD card not in Recycle Bin. All in all, when you can't find deleted files in the Recycle Bin, it always means that those files are permanently deleted, and you can't restore them directly from the Recycle Bin.

If you've already backed up your files, you can enable Windows Backup or File History to help you. However, if not, the best way is to use professional software to restore them.

As you can see, how important it is to back up your data. Therefore, one of the surest ways to keep the data on your SD card safe is to regularly back up the SD card to your computer. You can let one of the best free Windows backup software, AOMEI Backupper Standard, help you.

Lora · Editor
Lora is an editor of AOMEI Technology. She is also a tester and editor of AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. -- "Keep testing, write the most useful tutorials for helping people recover the lost data for Windows and phones" is the most meaningful thing for her. Dedicated to creating helpful tutorials, she hopes her tutorial can assist users to effortlessly solve data loss problems on their personal computers and mobile phones.