How to Recover Deleted Files from Recycle Bin after Empty

This guide will tell you how to recover deleted files from recycle bin after empty in Windows 7/8/10. Four solutions are provided with detailed steps.


By Ivy / Updated on November 3, 2022

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The need to recover files from recycle bin after empty

I bet many of you have this experience: after deleting some files and documents, no matter mistakenly delete it or not, and you find you need some documents back but you have emptied the recycle bin.

What should you do to restore the deleted files? When you encounter this problem, do not worry, you can refer to this article and learn how to recover deleted files from recycle bin after empty in Windows 10/8/7.

Stop writing anything on your hard drive

When you realize you emptied the recycle bin which contains the important file that needs to get back, stop writing anything on the hard drive. This is very important. When files deleted or emptied from recycle bin, actually they are not really gone permanently from your computer. Instead, these deleted files will be saved on the hard drive as raw data.

Only when the raw data has been overwritten or erased from file system, the deleted files will disappear forever. It indicates that you still have a chance of recovering deleted files from recycle bin. So it's a sensible choice to undo empty recycle bin as early as possible when you recognized the wrong deletion.

How to recover deleted files from recycle bin after empty in Windows 10/8/7

Here in this part, you will learn 4 methods that can help you recover files from recycle bin after empty. First, you can try the Windows built-in tool to find the deleted files. If not, try the recovery software then.

Way 1. Recover files from recycle bin after empty via the previous version

By default, system protection is turned on in Windows 7/8 and it will create restore points automatically. With those restore points, you can restore your permanently deleted files to previous versions. Let’s see how to recover deleted recycle bin from the previous version.

1. Firstly, create a new file or folder on the desktop and name it the same name as the deleted file or folder. (If the folder was at the top level of a drive, for example, C:\, you can right-click the drive, and then click Restore previous versions.)

2. Right-click the file and choose "Restore previous versions". Here Windows will search for and list the previous versions of the permanently deleted files or folder with different times and dates.

3. Choose the latest one and click "Restore" to recover permanently deleted files or folder with ease.

Previous Versions

If you turn off system protection, there will not have previous version, you can try to recover data with command prompt.

Way 2. Recover files from recycle bin after empty via Windows backup utility

If you have set up your backup with Backup and Restore utility, then you can try it to restore files from recycle bin after empty.

1. Go to "Control Panel" and choose "System and Security".

2. Select "Backup and Restore (Windows 7)" and click the "Restore my files" button.

Restore My Files

3. Follow the steps in the wizard to find the deleted files.

Way 3. Recover files from recycle bin after empty with a Command Line

Command prompt can undo empty recycle bin and get back all mistakenly deleted files.

1. Press F8 when booting up your PC and then select Safe Mode with Command Prompt.

2. Type cd../.. and press Enter > type cd $Recycle.Bin if PC runs Windows 7 or later version or cd RECYCLER if computer runs Windows XP and press Enter button.

3. Type cd and press the tab key, then you can see a directory name. After seeing this, press Enter. (showing as picture below)

Command Line

5. Type dir/a to show all files > Type copy [file name] [file location] > Type cd../.. > Type dir and enter > Type ren [file name].

Now, you can see all files deleted from the recycle bin. By using Command Prompt to undo all deletion, the file names do not present as the original. This method has some risk, it is not recommended to try this if you are not a specialist.

Way 4. Recover files from Recycle Bin after empty via data recovery software

If you fail to recover files from Recycle Bin with the above three methods, you can turn to professional data recovery software.

MyRecover seems as one of the leading data recovery software because of its advanced features and user-friendliness design. With the guidance easy-to-follow operating steps, even non-tech users can recover deleted/lost files from internal and external hard drives, memory cards, USB drives, etc.

Don’t hesitate to download this utility on your Windows 11, 10, 8, 7, or Windows Server computers now! In only three steps, you can recover deleted files from Recycle Bin after empty.

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Step 1. Run MyRecover on your PC, and select the C drive. Then click Start Scan.


Step 2. Search or wait to see all the deleted and other missing files on your local disk C drive.


Step 3. Go to the Recycle Bin folder, and click x files to get your selected files back. Please save these recovered files in a new path.


Learn a lesson: a file backup make you never worry permanently deleted files

After experiencing much trouble from recovering deleted files from recycle bin after empty, you should learn a lesson: how to protect files from losing. The answer is to make a regular backup.

Actually, a regular backup not only protects your file from accidental deletion, but also protects your files from virus, system failure, hard drive failure, etc.

You can use free backup and restore software AOMEI Backupper to backup your important files and folders on a schedule. This software allows you to create incremental backup, so you do not worry backup disk space issue. Also, with its user-friendly interface, you can handle this software very easily. To schedule file backup, follow the steps below.

Step 1. Download AOMEI Backupper, run this tool. At the main interface, click backup and choose File Backup. (If you want to protect your whole disk, click disk backup.)

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File Backup

Step 2. At next Windows, click Add File or Add Folder to select your folder or file; then clcick the second box to select destination path.

Add Folders Files

Step 3. Click Schedule Backup to set automatic backup on a regular basis. You have 5 options, including Daily, Weekly, Monthly, Event trigger, USB Plug in. Note the last two premium features are available on the professional version.

Schedule Settings Genera

Step 4. Then you can click Start Backup.

Start Backup

If you accidentally deleted recycle bin, you can easily restore the deleted files with the backup created by AOMEI Backupper. It will save you much time and efforts to recover deleted files from recycle bin after empty.

All in all, you have two ways for file restore. And I'll introduce you to the overall steps: 

#1: Restore files from file backupThis way requires you to create a file backup in advance, and you can choose to restore files to original location or new location.

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#2: Restore files using Explore Image. This way applies to all backup solutions including file backup. If it's a file backup, this software will save all the files to the original location by default. And it will keep its original structure.

Explore File Backup


That’s all for how to recover deleted files from recycle bin after empty in Windows 10/8/7. Hope one of the methods can help you find the deleted files. To avoid such problem in the future, please remember to make a scheduled backup for your files via AOMEI Backupper.

Ivy · Editor
Ivy is an editor of AOMEI Technology, she covers backup & restore,hard disk & partitions management and cloud files transfer and so on for AOMEI. She is an outgoing girl and enjoys helping people find solutions to their problems. She loves traveling, eating, reading and so on. She usually hangs out with friends at her leisure time.