If you've accidentally deleted a file or you have an office full of corrupted hard disks, there's no need to panic. It may still be possible to recover your lost data using a freeware utility as Jim Martin finds out. When you delete a file in Windows, the file is moved to the Recycle Bin. If you open the. Recycle Bin, you will see it there. The file can be moved out of the Recycle Bin either by dragging it to a location or Restoring it to the old location. If you Empty the Recycle Bin, for all practical purposes, the file is then deleted.