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AnsweredWhy Is My Recycle Bin Not Showing All Deleted Files?

Best Answered by Penny September 19, 2023

Penny works as an editor at AOMEI Technology, while she's a tester and editor for AOMEI Data Recovery Tools. She enjoys helping users with data recovery issues on Windows and iPhones using simple and practical solutions. Outside of work, she has a strong affection for pets, particularly giant pandas.

In theory, after the first deletion, the Windows operating system will automatically send all your deleted files to its desktop Recycle Bin. But partial users have reported that they cannot find some deleted files in their Recycle Bin.

       So why is my Recycle Bin not showing all deleted files? Where do deleted files go?

First, a damaged Recycle Bin definitely cannot cycle deleted files normally. If you view a greyed-out Recycle Bin icon, which implies your Recycle Bin becomes corrupted.

Second, the desktop Recycle Bin cannot cycle and save large deleted files that are larger than the maximum size of the Recycle Bin. If you can ensure your deleted files are large sizes, you can customize the storage size of the Recycle Bin within these clicks.

» Please right-click on the desktop Recycle Bin icon > select Properties > Custom size to set the storage of your Recycle Bin > click Apply > OK to save your modifications.

Third, you've performed permanently deletion actions such as pressing Shift + Delete to remove certain files from the Recycle Bin or emptying the Recycle Bin directly.

So you cannot locate your wanted files because this temporary storage folder only keeps accidentally and recently deleted files rather than permanently deleted files.

But there exists a possibility to recover permanently deleted files before data coverage. To maximize its data recovery rate, it’s advisable to avoid loading new files to Windows.

In this case, how to recover large permanently deleted files or recover deleted files from Recycle Bin after emptying them?

Without regular file backups, the most efficient way is to use professional data recovery software. Supported by an advanced scanning method and a high data recovery rate, MyRecover excels in recovering deleted and missing files from computer hard drives and other local devices.

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It can recover 200+ types of files such as MS files, WPS files, folders, compressed files, websites, images, audio, videos, etc.

MyRecover automatically runs Quick Scan and Deep Scan to detect all the recoverable files after clicking Start Scan. During scanning, you can filter and preview your needed Excel files according to filename, document, type, path, size, date, etc.

1Step 1. Install and launch MyRecover on your Windows > select the local disk C drive > click Start Scan.

2Step 2. MyRecover will automatically display all the recoverable files on your window after the scanning process. You can also preview/filter your wanted permanently deleted files based on your needs.

3Step 3. Under the Recycle Bin folder, choose the missing files you prefer to retrieve > click Recover x files.   

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