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Windows 7: How do I get files back from the Recycle bin? When it's been emptied

13 Aug 2013   #1
williamd2552

Windows 7 Professional
 
 
How do I get files back from the Recycle bin? When it's been emptied

I was trying to look for ways to free up some memory on my laptop, and out of pure interest, I copied all of my pictures to my desktop. It came up with 'Copying 67MB' (It wasn't actually 67MB that's just an example) Anyway, so now I know how much space it was taking up, so I delete the copies and then empty the recycle bin so that that's not taking up space. Then I go back to my pictures folder where the original pictures should be. But they're all gone. I tried to use recovery software but I either have to pay to get them recovered, or they recover but only partly and then Windows Photo Viewer says that 'the file is corrupt' and won't open it. I haven't got a backup on my computer, because I didn't even know I could backup my files. It's only now that I find the recover backed up files button, that I find out I could back everything up. This situation is very distressing, as I have lot's of memorable events and records of trips and pictures of birthdays ect. that were stored in the pictures folder. Please help!


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13 Aug 2013   #2
Golden
Microsoft MVP

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

What recovery software have you tried using? You could try Recuva, or even PhotoRec, although the latter is more trickier to use. Given that you aren't even aware that you can backup files, I would steer clear of more advanced techniques such as partition recovery.

Recuva - Undelete, Unerase, File and Disk Recovery - Free Download
PhotoRec - Digital Picture and File Recovery
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13 Aug 2013   #3
mitchell65

Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit 7601 Multiprocessor Free Service Pack 1
 
 

I agree Recuva would be your best bet. When you install it at the end you will get some options. Make sure you check the one regarding placing recover in the right click options of the Recycle Bin. Then when Recuva is installed open your "C" drive Click Tools in the toolbar then click Folder Options then uncheck "Hide System Files (recommended)" Click Apply. Then open your C drive again and locate the folder $Recycle Bin. Right click on it and click "Recover deleted files"
See if that works for you!
If all is well go back, do the same and check the "Hide System Files (recommended)"
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13 Aug 2013   #4
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

If you have restore points, you may be able to recover them from there - from either the desktop or the original folder.

ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders
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13 Aug 2013   #5
Nigsy

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If you have restore points, you may be able to recover them from there - from either the desktop or the original folder.

ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders

I don't think restore will do this as it won't recreate missing files, just programmes and some settings. In fact I think it could make the situation worse by removing the Master File index links to the deleted pics etc, making the use of Recuva a waste of time as part of it's algorithm is to search for these broken 'links' as well as the fragmentation on the drive.
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13 Aug 2013   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nigsy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If you have restore points, you may be able to recover them from there - from either the desktop or the original folder.

ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders

I don't think restore will do this as it won't recreate missing files, just programmes and some settings. In fact I think it could make the situation worse by removing the Master File index links to the deleted pics etc, making the use of Recuva a waste of time as part of it's algorithm is to search for these broken 'links' as well as the fragmentation on the drive.
And I think that you know zippo about Windows. If you had studied the link, you would not make such a stupid comment.
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13 Aug 2013   #7
Nigsy

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nigsy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
If you have restore points, you may be able to recover them from there - from either the desktop or the original folder.

ShadowExplorer - Recover Lost Files and Folders

I don't think restore will do this as it won't recreate missing files, just programmes and some settings. In fact I think it could make the situation worse by removing the Master File index links to the deleted pics etc, making the use of Recuva a waste of time as part of it's algorithm is to search for these broken 'links' as well as the fragmentation on the drive.
And I think that you know zippo about Windows. If you had studied the link, you would not make such a stupid comment.
My point is that once the file has been deleted it may not be available to be pulled from a restore point as the Master File Index will be broken, especially if a system restore has been run. I have never run the tool you linked to so can't comment on what it can and can't do. But I do know how Windows works FYI.
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13 Aug 2013   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

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I don't think restore will do this as it won't recreate missing files, just programmes and some settings. In fact I think it could make the situation worse by removing the Master File index links to the deleted pics etc, making the use of Recuva a waste of time as part of it's algorithm is to search for these broken 'links' as well as the fragmentation on the drive.
And I think that you know zippo about Windows. If you had studied the link, you would not make such a stupid comment.
My point is that once the file has been deleted it may not be available to be pulled from a restore point as the Master File Index will be broken, especially if a system restore has been run. I have never run the tool you linked to so can't comment on what it can and can't do. But I do know how Windows works FYI.
I think you better do some more research before giving more useless comments.
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13 Aug 2013   #9
Nigsy

openSUSE 13.1 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Nigsy View Post
Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by whs View Post
And I think that you know zippo about Windows. If you had studied the link, you would not make such a stupid comment.
My point is that once the file has been deleted it may not be available to be pulled from a restore point as the Master File Index will be broken, especially if a system restore has been run. I have never run the tool you linked to so can't comment on what it can and can't do. But I do know how Windows works FYI.
I think you better do some more research before giving more useless comments.
See that's why I don't come on here any more....If you have a different opinion/ view of how something works, rather than explain why a comment may be incorrect you are just shot down and labeled stupid, I don't see why you feel the need to insult people, maybe it helps your superiority complex??

Anyway I do know how the shadow file system works, I've just never come across that piece of software so keep your comments to yourself.
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13 Aug 2013   #10
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

That's not my point.

10 minutes of watching the linked tutorial would have enlightened you and kept you from making useless comments.

So why don't you invest those 10 minutes now.
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