How to Recover Files Deleted From the Trash

by Sabrina Ashley

In Windows the trash is known as the Recycle Bin. This is the area where all deleted files end up. But once you empty out the Recycle Bin you can still recover files. The best way to do this is with free data recovery software. However, if the free programs don't retrieve the files you deleted, there are many software programs available in a range of prices.

Choose a free data recovery software program. See Resource box for a link to programs.

Download the free data recovery software.

Install the program using the on-screen prompts for setup.

Open the data recovery program. Start the scan that searches the computer for deleted files.

Search the list of deleted files to find the one that you want to recover. Click on this file.

Right-click the file. Click on Save from the drop-down menu. In some programs the command is Restore.

Look for the file in its original folder.

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