How to find the recycle bin in Windows 7

Recycle Bin is located in a hidden directory named $Recycle.Bin%SID%, where %SID% is the SID of the user that performed the deletion.

Since this is a hidden folder you won't see anything in it by default.

To see the folders

  • Open Explorer
  • In the location bar enter C:$Recycle.Bin and press Enter
  • Click Organize
  • Select Folder and Search Options
  • Select the View tab
  • Select Show hidden files, folders, and drives
  • Untick Hide protected operating system files
  • Click OK

You can also do this from the command line but the file names are encoded as explained in the linked article. When I tried this I noticed I could see more files than were visible in Explorer.

  • Click Start
  • Type cmd in the seach box and press Enter
  • Type cd c:$recycle.bin e premere Invio
  • Digitare dir /ah e premere Invio per vedere tutte le cartelle disponibili.
  • Digitare dir *.* /s e premere Invio per vedere tutti i file in tutte le cartelle disponibili (con i loro nomi codificati).

Nel mio caso ho trovato due cartelle che contengono file. Una era il mio cestino. L'altra era di un altro utente e conteneva file che non potevo vedere in Explorer. Potevo comunque copiare questi file altrove, aprirli, ecc.