Before i removed the hard drive of my PC to make it external, i moved a folder to the recycle bin. I have a $Recycler.bin folder that contains 5 folder and 2 files. Now that the hard drive is external, how do i restore the folders and files in the recycle bin of my external hard drive.


The actual location of the Recycle Bin depends on the type of operating system and file system. On older FAT file systems, it is located in Drive:\RECYCLED. In the NTFS filesystem it is Drive:\RECYCLER. On Windows 7 and newer it is Drive:\$Recycle.Bin folder.

So in your case, since you have a Windows 8.1 machine, it would be C:\$Recycle.Bin folder (but you may need to change the C part in that).

  • so how do i change the location? – ebere Dec 12 '16 at 9:42
  • why would you want to change the location ?? – user648246 Dec 12 '16 at 14:55

If you can see $Recycler.bin on the external drive (which you might well, according to this associated question), then, obviously, you can restore or copy from there.

If not, you may have to put the drive back into your PC in order to restore the folder.

No, wait, I take that back. If the drive was your C:\ drive before, then it ought to be bootable. Adjust your BIOS to boot from it, or try F11 or F12 at boot time, boot form the external drive & restore the files.

[Update] Try a file undeleter, like Recuva

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    The windows on the external hard drive is corrupt and i couldn't recover it. So its not bootable – ebere Dec 8 '16 at 12:09
  • I see. Well, if you can see the $Recycler.bin folder, then copy form there. If you cannot, the try a file undeleter, like piriform.com/recuva (ask on softwarerecs.stackexchange.com for more). Just curious - what backup scheme have you put in place now, to prevent this from happening again? – Mawg Dec 8 '16 at 12:42
  • Thanks. I'll probably get another external hard drive for the purpose of storing all my important files alone. – ebere Dec 8 '16 at 13:02
  • Hopefully always having two copies of them – Mawg Dec 8 '16 at 13:05

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