Files bypassing recycle bin

By hesetmefree2010 ยท 8 replies
Aug 2, 2010
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  1. Can someone tell me why deleted files mostly bypass my recycle bin on xp? It is not set to bypass and it is not a corrupt bin as it seems to happen on every xp machine I have (my last posted issue happens on each machine so I am assuming it is something to do with xp). Also how can I go about retrieving stuff I deleted but is not in the recycle bin?

  2. Zilpha

    Zilpha TS Enthusiast Posts: 319

    Couple questions:

    What do you mean by *mostly*?

    Are you deleting them from a network location or locally? When you delete a file from the network it pretty much just goes *poof*.

    Other than that, a sticky shift key maybe?
  3. hesetmefree2010

    hesetmefree2010 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I'm deleting them from hard drive and flash drive. Things such as set up files I had on my flash drive.
  4. LookinAround

    LookinAround Ex Tech Spotter Posts: 6,491   +184

    1) Rt click on your Recyle Bin and check its Properties (including which drives are using it and how large it is)

    2) Also note
    > Files too large for the bin are just deleted (though you should get a warning)
    > The bin has limited storage space for "Recycling" so as you delete new files that get put there, old files are permanently removed to make space

    Are you looking in the bin immediately after deleting? Or are you looking after while by the time they've "truly been deleted"?
  5. hesetmefree2010

    hesetmefree2010 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    It isn't set to permanent delete and size of drive reserved for recylcle is 10% (I have 160gig net book). It is set to give warnings but none were given for the file I tried to retrieve. I do not delete very often so there is hardly anything in the recycle
  6. Leeky

    Leeky TS Evangelist Posts: 3,797   +117

    If the file is important and you have no other copies you could use an application like recuver to recover the file. I've used it to great effect in the past and highly recommend it.

    Sorry I can't be any more helpful than that - your problem pushes the boundaries of my knowledge, as I'd be asking the same questions after checking what you had.

    Also, if it was on a flash memory stick its still possible its in the .Trash folder (you need to change folder options to view all files) to find it. Recuver should still find it as long as you haven't overwritten where it was located though.
  7. hesetmefree2010

    hesetmefree2010 TS Rookie Topic Starter

    Couldn't find where to set folder options to view all files. Think I may as well just re-download the set up file. Will probably save time. And I'll be careful what I delete in future.

    Thanks to all for their input. Appreciated.
  8. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,158   +986

    Flash Drives (and network accessed Shares) have files deleted immediately by design.

    Local Files go thru the R.B. and there is a registry hack to even avoid that path, but
    at the moment I don't seem to find it - - -
  9. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 11,158   +986

    (a) Bypassing the Prompt: Are you sure you want to delete ...
    see this tweek to avoid the prompt

    (b) to bypass the Recycle Bin altogether see this
    and click click to select the Do not move files to the Recycle Bin. Remove files immediately when deleted check box.

    (c) if you really want all that to work as normal,
    [x] Use (b), save, reopen the properties and clear the [x]

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