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How to Recover Files after Shift Delete?

In Windows OS, there is a feature of Recycle Bin that collects deleted files. When any file is deleted from the system, the deleted file will automatically move to Recycle Bin. Hence, there is a chance to restore accidentally deleted files into their original location. Recycle Bin is very helpful to restore accidentally deleted files due to availability of this feature.

Most of the time data loss occurs from the computer that is running on Windows OS, due to common human errors. Deletion of file using Shift + Del keys is one of the most common reasons due to which data loss occurs. However, the files that are deleted from the system, using Shift + Delete keys combination are not stored in the Recycle Bin. Hence, such deleted files cannot be restored from Windows Recycle Bin. When important files are deleted accidentally using Shift + Delete keys combination, then it will lead to major data loss.

Files deleted using Shift + Delete keys combination will bypass the Recycle Bin. If files are deleted when Recycle Bin is full then such files will also bypass the Recycle Bin. If any important file is deleted accidentally when Recycle Bin is full then it is not possible to restore them back. However when files are deleted from the system, such deleted file’s content will remain in the same location. Computer will not delete actual content that is present in the file. The pointer that was pointing to the file and file index will get deleted. After deletion of the pointer, which was pointing to file and file index, the Operating System will mark the space from which files are deleted as available to write. Before overwriting, any other content onto the space from which files are deleted, it is possible to recover deleted files using good data recovery tool. If any other content is overwritten on to the same space from which file is deleted then such deleted data recovery is not possible using any data recovery software.

Files deleted using Shift + Delete keys can be recovered using Recycle Bin Recovery software. The software can perform recovery of files deleted from recycle bin or files lost from hard drive, USB drive, flash drive, memory stick, and external hard drive. The software lets you restore DOCX files emptied from recycle bin along with other Microsoft Office files. It can recover any types of file including doc file, audio file, video file, image file, etc. The software helps to retrieve deleted folders from Recycle Bin on Windows XP, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2008. Also, you can retrieve files after emptying Recycle Bin folder on Windows 8 which is latest version of Microsoft Windows OS. Here are few easy steps, which you should follow to recover deleted files from your system.

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Few easy steps to recover deleted files using Recycle Bin Recovery software

  • Download Recycle Bin Recovery Software to recover deleted file and install it in your system. Make sure that you are not installing the software in the same drive from where you want to recover deleted data.
  • Login to your Windows PC as Local System Administrator to install the software
  • Check system requirements before running the software and make sure that you are meeting all necessary hardware and other system requirements.

How to use Recycle Bin Recovery Software

Step 1: Launch the program by double clicking shortcut icon on the desktop to restore Recycle Bin files. When you launch the program, it will display three options in the main screen "Recover Files", "Recover Photos", and "Recover Partitions/ Drives" as shown in the Figure 1.

Recover Files after Shift Delete - Main Screen

Figure 1: Main Screen

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Step 2: Select "Recover Files" option from the main screen. After that, select "Recover Deleted Files" option from the screen that appears next. The software will now display the list of partitions as shown in the Figure 2. Select the drive from which you want to recover deleted files and click on "Next" .

Recover Files after Shift Delete - Select Partition

Figure 2: Select Partition

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Step 3: The software will display a list of file types that you can recover in the next window. You can select the file type or skip this process and continue to the next step. The software will scan selected drive and it will display recovered files as shown in the Figure 3.

Recover Files after Shift Delete - Recovered files list screenshot

Figure 3: Recovered Files List

Note: Save the recovered data to another healthy drive / partition. Never download or store new data to the drive from where you want to recover your deleted data.

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