Lost Deleted files.

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  1. Posts : 110
    win 10 Pro

    Lost Deleted files.

    Hello All,

    I just deleted some files from a thumbdrive while viewing them in the file cabinet ( Or This PC if you prefer) and I'm trying to recover them. I'm not seeing them in the recycling bin.

    Is there a reason for this ?

    Thank you, Oscar.
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  2. Pejole2165's Avatar
    Posts : 745
    Windows 10 Pro 1909

    As far as I am aware files deleted from such removable media is not placed in the recycle bin, at least with Windows.
    You could try some free data recovery application to see if the files would be recoverable, but the more you use the drive the more chance of not being able to recover files.
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  3. Try3's Avatar
    Posts : 7,383
    Windows 10 Home x64 Version 20H2 Build 19042.868


    Oscar Hotel said:
    ... viewing them in the file cabinet ( Or This PC if you prefer) ...
    File explorer, I assume.

    Oscar Hotel said:
    ... I'm not seeing them in the recycling bin. Is there a reason for this ?
    Recycle bin is set up drive by drive. Right click on your Recycle bin and select Properties to see what your settings are.

    Some external drives can have their own recycle bins,
    some default to not having one, and
    some cannot have one.

    I think all USB thumbdrives and SD cards fall into the category of 'cannot have one'. There are dangerous-looking workarounds on the internet that promise to change this so that such drives can have recycle bins but for every guide I have found I have also found dire warnings about the risks of doing so - so I've never tried.

    Last edited by Try3; 10 Feb 2020 at 12:30.
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  4. TechnoMage's Avatar
    Posts : 378
    Win 7 Pro/32, Win 10 Pro/64/32

    I just checked several of my own Flash Drives, and lo and behold....there are NO Recycle Bins.

    Bottom Line: Be very careful when working with USB Flash Drives, because if you delete something, it just might be GONE Forever!

    Flash Drives are not, and probably NEVER will be, Permanent storage, like a CD/DVD. Treat them kindly, carefully and with great respect.

    Good Luck,
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  5. Farvatten's Avatar
    Posts : 642
    Windows 10 Pro 64bit 20H2 19042.906

    Oscar Hotel said:
    I just deleted some files from a thumbdrive... I'm not seeing them in the recycling bin..
    A potential future workaround would be to create a VeraCyrpt file container on the thumbdrive, that once mounted I've notice, does get it's own recycle bin.
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  6. Posts : 750
    Win10 Version 20H2 19042.844

    Top 10 Best Free Data Recovery Software for Windows in 2020

    I previously had success recovering USB files using Recuva. Several other free options - some limit the amount of data.
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  7. Posts : 1,382

    Try3, I want to learn from you, can you briefly give a few of those dire warnings about having Recycle Bins on USB flash drives? I can pass that wisdom onto others elsewhere.
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  8. RichardC's Avatar
    Posts : 267
    windows10 home v20H2 OS Build 19042.906

    When I delete files from a USB thumb drive, it always says: 'Do you want to permanently delete this file?' Make sure to read everything in the box.
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  9. oscer1's Avatar
    Posts : 526
    win 10

    Hi this poster had done same thing you can see what he used to try to get them back. possible to recover deleted files?
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  10. Posts : 52
    Windows 10 64 bit

    Don't use a USB to store files ONLY to move them! It is cheaper just to add a HDD and lower risk.
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