How to permanently delete a file from the recycle bin

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While the recycle bin can be very useful for recovering deleted or deleted photos from Android or PC, other times we just don't want to use it.

Perhaps to delete files with confidential or personal information that we do not want to be available to anyone. In such cases, we want to be sure that these files cannot be recovered.

But the normal options offered by our PC's operating system just disable the file. Even a file that has been deleted and sent to the recycle bin can be recovered in just a few clicks.

Therefore, in this article we will teach you how permanently delete your files without the possibility of recovering them. But we may also need an app to recover deleted files from mobile, so we will also give you other useful tips that will protect the information of your deleted files.

Permanently delete files without sending them to the trash

One way to delete or delete files without sending them to the trash is to use a key combination. Select the file or files you want to delete, then press the Shift + Delete keys.

A warning window will appear allowing you to confirm if you want to permanently delete the selected files. Click "OK" and these files will be permanently deleted from your PC. You can also do a test by pressing Ctrl + Z to try to cancel the process and you will see that it is not possible.

Files cannot be recovered as if they were sent to the recycle bin. This is the first way to permanently delete files from your PC. Permanently delete files from the recycle bin

If the files you want to permanently delete are already in the recycle bin, you can delete them manually emptying the contents of the recycle bin. Right click on the Trash icon on your desktop and select “Empty Trash” from the context menu.

You can also double-click on the icon, go to the trash and press the “Empty Trash” button located in the menu at the top of the window.

You should know that even if you delete the files permanently, the content can be recovered using a good data recovery tool. The reason for this is that the blocks that contain the data on the hard drive are not erased when the files are deleted. 

These spaces continue to exist, but are now marked as "free", so when you continue to use your hard drive they will be rewritten and thus completely deleted. But while that happens, there are still chances of getting the content back.

Permanently delete files with the use of programs

It is true that you can view and recover deleted photos and videos with Google Photos and other platforms, but other times we just want to completely delete the files.

To best ensure the permanent deletion of files from the recycle bin, it will be necessary to resort to programs that help us achieve this goal. These programs randomly rewrite the data we have deleted in the spaces or blocks of the Hard Drive. In this way they cannot be recovered. 

There is a wide variety of these programs that you can download for free. And others that are paid but have more options and useful features for permanently deleting files from your computer.

Among the most used for its ease of use and effectiveness are: Eraser, CCleaner and Hardwipe. There are also complete suites to easily delete and recover files from hard drive such as EaseUS Partition Master, to name one.

Undoubtedly, it is very important to know these methods to permanently delete a file from the recycle bin, since in this way, when we delete files from our PC or Hard Drive, we will protect our confidential data without problems. 

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