I deleted some files from a different user account. I don't see the files in either recycling bin. When I right click on the recycle bin, I don't see the option to automatically remove files when deleted, so I don't know why the files aren't showing up. One is a very large Virtualbox VM file.

To recover the data, is there a way to download and run something like Recuva when the USB drives aren't enabled and want to avoid downloading the software to the hard drive?

  • The file was to large, the confirmation message, indicated it was a permanent deletion. If this was from a USB drive that also is normally a action that cannot be reversed. – Ramhound Jul 5 '16 at 2:45

You might try and download Recuva to a different machine in the same network, and share its drive.

You say that USB drives are disabled. Do you have some other drive available? A CD-ROM drive, where a burned copy of Recuva (again downloaded from elsewhere) might fit? A SD-MMC slot perhaps? CompactFlash slot?

Otherwise, as a last resort, you might try and locate some old, large and not too useful file, hope that it will be found more convenient by the allocator, and shift-delete it after possibly mailing it to your own address for later restore.

You can risklessly do the same to your Internet cache, Temporary Files, and Downloads folder.

This could ensure that Recuva is downloaded to a newly freed area of the disk, without threatening the zone occupied by the Virtualbox VM file. But, of course, there is no guarantee.

  • @Iserni, great options I hadn't considered. It turns Windows created a previous version that I could recover to by right clicking on the folder. Any idea why the deleted files wouldn't show up in the Recycling Bin? – user994165 Jul 5 '16 at 5:05

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