Deleted File Not in the Recycle Bin? No Worries – Glary Undelete Can Help You Recover

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The music collection you’ve spent years putting together, or that family photo album you’ve worked on for weeks – gone.

That document you’ve been working on for weeks is no longer in your document folder. Yikes!

We’ve all done it; accidentally deleted an important file.

Back in the DOS days, we would just use the command Undelete, or one of its variations, but today the solution is so much simpler.

The easy solution to this problem, that most of us can use, most of the time, is to simply restore the file from the Windows Recycle Bin. The Recycle Bin can be a life saver when a file has been accidentally deleted.

Normally, the deleted file sits in the Bin until you empty it, or restore the file. But what if the file has been permanently removed from the Bin, to make room for more recently deleted files for example, when the maximum size allocated in the Recycle Bin properties has been exceeded? And yes, it does happen.


All is not lost and here’s why: when a file is deleted from your Hard Drive, or portable media, what really gets deleted is the system link pointing to the file; but not the file itself.

Surprisingly, it can often be relatively easy to retrieve the deleted file, or a good portion of the file, using specialized file recovery software, which takes advantage of this reality.

To enhance the possibility of recovering the deleted file, rapid action is a prime requirement. File recovery software has limitations, so once you have realized you have deleted that important file; do not write any more files to the drive until you can run the recovery program.

Glary Undelete is a free recovery application, (from the developers of my all time favorite Windows utility – Glary Utilities), with a wizard driven interface, that makes file recovery just about as simple as it gets. In fact, Glary Undelete is the file recovery application that I have come to rely on.


I’ve had good success with this small application recovering deleted files, and I recommend that all users consider adding Glary Undelete to their toolbox.

Note: Glary makes the statement that this utility will, “even recover files that have been deleted by bugs, crashes and viruses”. I have not specifically tested this function.

Fast facts:

Supports FAT, NTFS, NTFS + EFS file systems

Supports recover compressed, fragmented and encrypted files on NTFS

Undelete files on portable media (SmartMedia, Secure Digital, MemoryStick, etc.)

Filter by file name, file date, size, and recovery state

Simple and User friendly interface

And more…

System Requirements: Windows Vista, XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2000, Windows 7.

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Filed under Deleted File Recovery, downloads, Freeware, Software, Utilities, Windows 7, Windows Vista, Windows XP

10 responses to “Deleted File Not in the Recycle Bin? No Worries – Glary Undelete Can Help You Recover

  1. I tell you Bill… You can’t beat any of the Glary products for quality and performance.


  2. Liam O' Moulain

    Thanks Bill.

    I’ve lost the odd file here and there. This app sounds like a keeper.


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  5. lifeartist

    Hi Bill

    Have I missed something when I press the download link it takes me to Pandora.

  6. Ranjan

    Hey Bill,
    How’ll you compare it to Recuva…?
    Btw, any alternative to the BitLocker feature in 7? My main concern is to encrypt the system drive.
    Is TrueCrypt a good option? (sorry for a little off-topic)

    • Hey Ranjan,

      By and large, all these recovery applications seem to use essentially the same algorithms which, in my view, makes them all roughly the same. The main differences seems to be in the UI. The reason I like Glary is, it could recover file names even though I overwrote the files with a 35 pass delete utility. It didn’t recover these files, but at least it gave me the file names.

      I don’t encrypt my system drives, but if I did, I’d use TrueCrypt. I’m very familiar with this app and have used it for years. It’s the best app of this type there is, in my opinion.