View Full Version : How to bring something back from the recycle bin?

09-05-2007, 07:51 AM
Now I'm sure there has to be some kind of way to do this. I deleted something last night (a folder) and I want it back :(

Is it possible? If so...how?

09-05-2007, 08:31 AM
if it's IN the recycle bin just open the bin and right clik the item then clik 'restore'.....otherwise....


smithie 38
09-05-2007, 08:32 AM
Go to the recycle bin, highlight the folder, then click on "restore this item" from the recycle bin tasks. Or you can go to "file" at the top, and in the dropdown list just click on restore.

09-05-2007, 02:51 PM
Thanks...of course I know how to get something that can be restored out of the bin, but this was deleted from the bin.

I read that thread but it doesn't seem to really apply to me..is there a program or something that restores things solely from the recycle bin?

09-05-2007, 03:25 PM
There's a few free apps around for file recovery. One I can recommend is Recuva (http://recuva.com/) (from the people that brought you CCleaner (http://www.ccleaner.com/)).

It's labelled beta but I've used it without problems. It's small and highly portable meaning it's a single executable able to happily run from a USB drive. I keep it in my ":\apps\utilities" folder on my usb stick.

09-05-2007, 03:27 PM
Aww, too bad when I try to download it it says:


Sorry the page you requested

couldn't be found.

09-05-2007, 03:34 PM
That's pretty stink huh. Just grab it from Softpedia (http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery/Recuva.shtml), they're reputable and have the latest version. You can also look through the Back Up and Recovery category (http://www.softpedia.com/get/System/Back-Up-and-Recovery) there for other similar apps, but this is the best option imho.

09-05-2007, 03:42 PM
Worked fine and did a scan...found the two folders that I deleted...recovered them and then came out as .dat files...which I have no idea what to open them with?

Graham L
09-05-2007, 04:32 PM
Give files their original extensions. Of course, there are no guarantees that "deleted" files can be recovered. All that a recovery programme does is ressssssstsopration of the directory entry, so the areas on the disk used by the file can be accessed. Part or all of those areas on the disk can be overwritten by new files while the file is "deleted".

I'd be a bit suspicious if file extensions have been changed. That might indicate that there are problems.

If the directories have been restored with ".dat" extensions, you could look at them using Notepad. A lot of a directory is plain text, but there will be other silly looking stuff, so don't worry about that. There won't be any newline separators, either, excepot by accident. You couild then try removing the extension, because directories don't have file extensions.

09-05-2007, 06:17 PM
I'd be a bit suspicious if file extensions have been changed. That might indicate that there are problems. But there's no harm in trying to rename the extensions. They can always be changed back.

09-05-2007, 08:17 PM
You could also try this one -