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Recovering Deleted Files From the Trash or Recycle Bin

If you’ve deleted files and they are currently in the Trash or Recycle Bin on your computer, you can typically recover them easily. Here are the general steps for recovering deleted files from the Trash or Recycle Bin:

On Windows:

  1. Open the Recycle Bin:
    • Double-click on the Recycle Bin icon on your desktop.
  2. Locate the Deleted Files:
    • Browse through the Recycle Bin to find the files you want to recover.
  3. Restore the Files:
    • Right-click on the files you want to recover.
    • Select “Restore” from the context menu.
  4. Check the Original Location:
    • The restored files will be returned to their original location on your computer.

On macOS:

  1. Open the Trash:
    • Click on the Trash icon in the Dock.
  2. Find the Deleted Files:
    • Locate and select the files you want to recover.
  3. Restore the Files:
    • Right-click on the selected files.
    • Choose “Put Back” from the context menu.
  4. Check the Original Location:
    • The files will be restored to their original location.

Important Note:

  • If you have emptied the Trash or Recycle Bin, the files are generally considered permanently deleted. However, there are some third-party data recovery tools that may help in certain situations. These tools scan your storage device for remnants of deleted files and attempt to recover them.

Using Third-Party Data Recovery Tools:

  1. Choose a Data Recovery Tool:
    • There are various tools available, such as Recuva, EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard, Disk Drill, etc.
  2. Download and Install the Tool:
    • Follow the instructions provided by the tool’s website to download and install it on your computer.
  3. Run the Data Recovery Tool:
    • Launch the data recovery tool and select the drive or location where the files were deleted.
  4. Scan for Deleted Files:
    • Run a scan to search for deleted files. This process may take some time.
  5. Preview and Recover:
    • Once the scan is complete, preview the recovered files (if possible) and select the ones you want to restore.
  6. Specify a New Location:
    • Choose a new location to save the recovered files to avoid overwriting.
  7. Complete the Recovery:
    • Follow the tool’s instructions to complete the recovery process.

Keep in mind that the success of file recovery depends on various factors, including how much new data has been written to the storage device since the files were deleted. The sooner you attempt the recovery, the higher the chances of success.

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