How to Recover Deleted Files after Emptying Recycle Bin in Windows 10 or 7

There are 4 solutions to recover deleted files after emptying Recycle Bin in Windows 10/7 with/without software.


By Bryce / Updated on April 3, 2024

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Can I recover deleted items after Recycle Bin has been emptied in Windows 10?

I was cleaning my computer's memory yesterday and I deleted some files that I don’t need, and then emptied my Windows 10 Recycle Bin. However, I turned on my computer today and found that I deleted my homework by mistake. Is there any way to retrieve my documents?”


Have you encountered a similar situation as above? If you haven't found a solution yet, don't worry, just read the following article patiently, it will show you how to recover deleted files after emptying Recycle Bin in Windows 10/7. 

How to recover deleted files from Recycle Bin after empty in Windows 10/7 without backup

If you have deleted your files and emptied Recycle Bin on Windows 10/7, it's unavailable to recover data from Recycle Bin. Then, you can use file recovery software to restore deleted files after emptying Recycle Bin without backup.

Recover deleted files after emptying Recycle Bin in Windows 10 using the CMD tool

Windows File Recovery of Microsoft is a free CMD tool released in 2020. It supports you to recover deleted files after emptying Recycle Bin in Windows 10 2004 and later versions. If you want to have a try, you can follow the steps below to complete the operation.

Firstly, you should know the structure of the command line: winfr source-drive: destination-drive: [/mode] [/switches].

Some common parameters that you will use in the command line:


Choose the right mode according to the file system.


If you don't know how to check your file system, you can follow this process to check it: Click This PC > Right-click the source drive > Tap the Properties.

File System

Choose a switch depending on the mode.

Parameter / switch  


Supported mode(s)


Scans for a specific file by using a file name, file path, file type, or wildcards. For example: 

  • File name: /n myfile.docx
  • File path: /n /users//Documents/
  • Wildcard: /n myfile.*
  • /n *.docx
  • /n **



Recover specific extension groups, comma-separated



Saves a log file of the recovery operation in a different location than the default location on the recovery drive (for example, D:\logfile).



Segment mode, recovery option for NTFS drives using file record segments



Signature mode, recovery option for all file system types using file headers


Now, you can start writing the command line.

Step 1. Open the Start menu, find and click Microsoft Store.

Step 2. Enter Windows File Recovery on the search bar, and click Get button.


Step 3. Open Windows File Recovery and click Run as administrator.

Run As Administrator

Step 4. Type your command line, and press Enter.

Recover deleted files after Recycle Bin has been emptied in Windows 10/7 using the free GUI tool

To recover data simply and quickly, MyRecover, a free GUI tool, is a nice choice. It is available for Windows 7/8/10/11 and Windows Server, allowing you to restore data from emptied Recycle Bin/ SSD/HDD/USB/memory card and so forth. In addition to recovering files, it can also recover files’ names, paths, and formats. Click the button below to get this freeware and follow the steps to recover permanently deleted files after Recycle Bin has been emptied. 

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Step 1. Open MyRecover on your PC. Hover the mouse over the drive saved deleted files before, and click Scan.


Step 2. The software will scan the partition quickly. You don't need to wait for the scanning process to complete. You can search the file names or use a filter to find the deleted files you want. 


Step 3. Click Recycle Bin in the left panel, and select the deleted files you want. Click "Recover XX files" to save them to the desired location.

Restore Files from Recyle Bin after Empty

How to recover deleted files after emptying Recycle Bin without software

If you have already backed up the files, you can restore deleted files without the data recovery software mentioned above. 

Recover permanently deleted files with the Windows backup feature

Backup and Restore is an excellent Windows built-in backup tool, and you could use it to backup systems or data. The following part can show you how to recover data from it.

Step 1. Launch the Windows menu and choose Control Panel > Click System and Security > Backup and Restore (Windows 7).

Bckup and Restore

Step 2. Click on the Restore my files button on this page.

Backup and Restore

Restore deleted data in Windows 10 from File History

File History is used to create automatic data backups. It’s a useful Windows backup tool, I think it’s worth having a try. By the way, you must enable it before you lose data.

Step 1. Launch the Control Panel, and click the System and Security.

File History

Step 2. Click File History and tap Restore your files with File History.

File History

Step 3. Find and right-click the Restore personal files on the left list.

File History

Step 4. The deleted file will appear on your interface and then click the Restore.

File History


How to recover deleted files after emptying Recycle Bin in Windows 10/7 has been solved in this post. If you hadn't 't back up your data before you deleted them, you can download professional recovery software to get your data back  If you have the habit of backing up your data, you can restore them from the backup without data recovery software. 

Bryce · Editor
Bryce is an editor of AOMEI Technology, he covers backup & restore, hard disk & partitions management, cloud files transfer, website & database backup and so on for AOMEI. He enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. He loves traveling, Sleeping, reserching and so on. He enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. He loves traveling, Sleeping, reserching and so on. He would like to spend all time on reaserching computer problems. He is a very cute boy.