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
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).
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