If you’ve emptied the Recycle Bin by mistake and lost something you need to get back, then Windows utility Undela might be able to help you.
Undela is a Windows application that seeks to give you a second chance with your deleted files. Much like a similar app named Recuva, this app will attempt to analyze your free disk space for deleted data and display a result list of its findings. Once you find the file you’re seeking in the list, you can bring it back with the following steps:
Step 1: Download a copy of Undela for your Windows computer or laptop.
Step 2: Open the app when the Installer is finished running and choose the drive you’d like to recover files on in the far left-hand pane.
Step 3: Click the Scan button at the top of the app to see a list of files that can be recovered on the far right. ( If you only want to look for certain file types — say PNG — you can adjust this setting in Options area. Just go to File > Options and check off the file types you’re seeking)
Step 4: Once you’ve found the file(s) you’re looking for, mark the check box(es) to the left of the filename(s) and then click the Restore button.
Step 5: Choose the place on your disk space you’d like to place the recovered file(s).
Also worth mentioning is the file preview that Undela displays when doing its recovery. Just select the file name in the list and then press the Preview button (on the right-hand side of the toolbar) to take a look at it.
However it may be noted that this recovery utility can only restore files that are in empty space on your hard drive or removable storage. This means you cannot have overwritten the space previously occupied by the deleted file with new things. This may be the case if you use a utility like CCleaner to overwrite empty space several times when using the cleaning function. If you’re unsure about the status of the drive space, give Undela a try anyway.