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Working Around the Recycle Bin

Friday, June 15th, 2007 by | Filed Under: File & Disk Management
 
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Q:
I was cleaning out my computer the other day and everything was sent to the Recycle Bin. I realized later that I had gotten rid of a couple files I needed to save. Is there any way I can get them back if it’s only been a couple days? Please help me, I’m desperate!

A:
Alright, for those of you who have not yet emptied your Recycle Bin, follow these directions. Go to your desktop and double click on your Recycle Bin icon. Once you do that, you’ll be able to see all of the files you’ve recently deleted. From here, there’s a few things you can do. The easiest is to highlight the file you want to save, right click it and choose Restore. That will restore the file and send it back to its original location. You can do this for as many files as you wish to “bring back to life.”

Another option is to highlight the file you want to save, right click it and choose Cut. You can then navigate to the location you’d like to put it in, right click again and choose Paste. That will put the file back in another spot on your computer for you. The third option is to drag the file you want to restore and drop it where you’d like to save it. All of these methods give you the same result, but like I said before, the first one is probably the easiest.

If you already had several files in your Recycle Bin before you did your most recent cleaning, the new ones may have taken over the older ones. So, if there was an older file you wanted to save, it may be gone. It’s always important to take a look back over all the files you’ve deleted before you put new ones in or empty the bin. That way, you’ll know for sure what you’re getting rid of and you won’t have to go through the panic of realizing you deleted a wrong one.

Now, for those of you who have already emptied your Recycle Bin, you’ll probably have to look into getting some software to recover the lost files. I would only do this if the file is very important to you or if there’s no other way you can get another copy of it. One of the best ones I’ve come across is called Search and Recover, but there are several titles out there. Just do a search with your favorite search engine and you should be able to find something that will help you get your files back.

So, as you can see, there’s no need to worry. We all make mistakes when it comes to our computers and that’s perfectly okay. At least we all know there are options we can take advantage of when a problem presents itself. I hope you get good use out of this one!

~Erin

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