Recycle Bin in Windows 10 is used to store deleted files. It protects files so that they are not immediately deleted from the hard drive. Normally, whenever a file is deleted from the system, Windows places it in the Recycle Bin for a specified amount of time, so if you need the files back, you can use this feature. and restore one or more files as required. But the Recycle Bin won’t keep all the deleted files forever!
Recycle Bin – place to store deleted files
Whenever you delete a file in Windows, it goes straight to the Recycle Bin. These deleted files stay in the recycle bin until the pre-configured maximum size limit is reached (or until the user empties the Recycle Bin). When the Recycle Bin reaches its maximum limit, it will automatically delete the oldest files in it to make room for new ones.
Most users never adjust the default settings of the Recycle Bin and let it do its job. But today make tech easier than ever to guide you through the steps to modify the Recycle Bin storage in Windows 10 in case you need it in the future.
Change the Recycle Bin storage space in Windows 10
You can adjust the Recycle Bin’s default settings to change the maximum storage capacity and increase the number of files kept in the recycle bin, so you can restore them if needed. Here are the steps you need to follow to modify the Recycle Bin storage in Windows 10:
1. Locate the Recycle Bin on the desktop and right click on the icon.
2. From the drop-down menu, select Properties.
3. Select the Recycle Bin location from the available options.
4. Select the option you want to configure.
5. Navigate to Settings for selected location .
6. Check the Custom size option .
7. Now, move to the Maximum size (MB) field .
8. Specify the maximum hard drive space that Recycle Bin can use to store deleted files.
9. Click Apply> OK to save the changes.
10. You can set the maximum size in MB (1024MB = 1GB) depending on your preference.
All operations are done! Now, the Recycle Bin can store multiple files (or less), depending on the content you specified.
Please note that calculations for Recycle Bin capacity are based on the user’s disk quota, not disk space. In Windows 10/8/7 / Vista, the default capacity is 10% of the first 40GB of space and 5% of any quota (quota) over 40GB.
It’s important to note that in case you have multiple hard drives, partitions or external hard drives connected to your PC, each location will have its own Recycle Bin and settings. But even if each volume has its own Recycle Bin folder, the contents of all folders are combined and displayed in regular Recycle Bin view. So you’ll see all your deleted files in the Recycle Bin, no matter where they come from.
Additionally, removable drives, such as USB drives and memory cards, do not have the Recycle Bin. Files once deleted from removable drives are permanently deleted.
While this guide focuses on Windows 10, the same steps are applicable on Windows 7 and Windows 8.1.
The Recycle Bin is a feature most users ignore, but with a little tweaking you can get it to work the way you want.
Hope you are succesful.