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How to Undelete Recycle Bin in Windows or Trash in Mac

If you have just emptied your Recycle Bin in Windows or Trash in Mac, all of sudden, you realise that there are still important files you forget to restore. Don't panic! You still have the chance to restore the Recycle Bin or Trash as long as you act quickly enough.

Why can restore files deleted or emptied from Recycle Bin or Trash?

When you emptied the Recycle Bin or Trash, all files stored in them are gone. Generally, most of people think the files are permanently emptied, because they can't find them with their eyes. That's not the real fact. Actually, when the Recycle Bin emptied, the files in it are only marked as deleted and turn into invisible. That you can't see them doesn't mean they are not there any more. The space taken by the deleted files are marked as reusable for other files. Only when you put other new files to reuse the space, are the deleted files really gone.

For this reason, it's very important to keep the disk original if you want to undelete the Recycle Bin or Trash after you emptied it. Or the files will be overwritten by the new files you put in.

How to restore Recycle Bin or Trash?

Once you emptied the Recycle Bin or Trash, the Windows or Mac OS can't restore the files by itself. You need the help from a third party recovery tool to restore Trash or Recycle Bin. Wondershare Data Recovery for Windows 7, XP, Vista, or  Wondershare Data Recovery for Mac can be a nice choice. Both of them are 100% guaranteed safe, and supprts the Recycle Bin or Trash restore with no quality loss of the files. You can try the free trial version to scan and preview your lost files from the Recycle Bin before you pay for it. Just take a try!

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3 steps to restore files deleted from Recycle Bin or Trash

Choose the right version, download and install it on your computer. Then launch it. Next, let's try the Data Recovery in Mac together.

Step1. Choose a recovery mode

Just according to the brief instruction on the interface, choose "Deleted File Recovery" to recover deleted files from a partition or removable media, such as files deleted by "Command" + "Delete" or emptied from Trash.

Additionally, if you don't get your needed files from the scanning result, you can try "Raw Recovery" as a second chance. This recovery mode will take more time and not provide the original filenames. Generally, the "Deleted File Recovey" is enough.

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Step2. Select Macintosh HD for scan

The Trash is usually on the main parition of the hard drive. You are here to select Macintosh HD for scan.

If you are using the Data Recovery for Windows, you should select the drive C: for your Recycle Bin scan and restore.

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Step3. Check and recover

After the scan, all recovable files are displayed in the scanning result. You can preview and check the fiiles in the Trash folder one by one to make sure whether the files you want are found or not. Then select the wanted files and 1-click to "Recover".

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If there are too many files, you can search your filename in the "Filter options" to get it quickly, or use the it to set the file type that you are looking for, such photo, audio, video, document, email and achie, even the specific formats.

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There is one thing that you shoud pay attention is that: Don't save the recovered files on the orginal place again. Find another partition or external disk to store them, for safety consideration.

Video tutorial of restoring Recycle Bin or Trash

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