Hi, I have accidently deleted some really important files, and emptied the recycle bin. Is there any easy ways I can restore files?
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Windows Os is Microsoft's one of fail-safe device to avoid deletion of files or programs you didn't want to delete. Typically, when most files are "deleted," they're sent to the Recycle Bin and can be recovered easily. When you delete files from Recycle Bin (Means you emptied the Bin), they are supposedly deleted permanently.--But there are hopes to recover files in Windows sometimes.
When a file is deleted, it usually goes to the Recycle Bin. This does not actually delete the file but hides its directory information, which can be restored. Open Recycle Bin, locate the deleted file and click it by the right key of mouse in your hand. Click "Restore".
When files are deleted from Recycle Bin, they are supposed to be erased permanently, but the files are still there! - Your system just indicates that the space the deleted file is located on the hard drive can be written over by new data now.
There is no function to restore files in Windows platform, but some third-party file recovery program such as File Recovery can retrieve deleted files from empty recycle bin.
Here is a step by step guide to recover deleted files in Windows.
When you press Shift key while deleting a file, this file won't go to Recycle Bin and will need to be recovered with third-party file recovery program as well.
After deletion, if you save or install something on your computer, it's highly possible that the file you want to retrieve is now written over and gone for good. Therefore, do as little as possible to your computer and run file undelete program to recover your deleted files.