Windows Vista forum

General discussion

USB drive recycle bin?

by dratner / May 13, 2009 8:17 AM PDT

I have 2 USB Iomega drives. When I delete files from them, they do not appear in the OS's recycle bin. Is there a recycle bin for USB drives or are files just deleted?

Post a reply
Discussion is locked
You are posting a reply to: USB drive recycle bin?
The posting of advertisements, profanity, or personal attacks is prohibited. Please refer to our CNET Forums policies for details. All submitted content is subject to our Terms of Use.
Track this discussion and email me when there are updates

If you're asking for technical help, please be sure to include all your system info, including operating system, model number, and any other specifics related to the problem. Also please exercise your best judgment when posting in the forums--revealing personal information such as your e-mail address, telephone number, and address is not recommended.

You are reporting the following post: USB drive recycle bin?
This post has been flagged and will be reviewed by our staff. Thank you for helping us maintain CNET's great community.
Sorry, there was a problem flagging this post. Please try again now or at a later time.
If you believe this post is offensive or violates the CNET Forums' Usage policies, you can report it below (this will not automatically remove the post). Once reported, our moderators will be notified and the post will be reviewed.
Collapse -
Those files are permanently deleted...
by John.Wilkinson / May 13, 2009 8:40 AM PDT
In reply to: USB drive recycle bin?

Drives, including USB hard drives, classified as "hard disk drives" each have their own Recycled folder with the contents shown in the Recycle Bin shown on the desktop, but "devices with removable storage," such as flash drives and memory cards, do not; the files bypass the Recycle Bin and are permanently deleted.


Collapse -
see thread for additional information and clean-up recipe
by GopherBaroque / February 1, 2012 11:59 PM PST
In reply to: USB drive recycle bin?
Popular Forums
Computer Help 51,224 discussions
Computer Newbies 10,453 discussions
Laptops 20,090 discussions
Security 30,722 discussions
TVs & Home Theaters 20,937 discussions
Windows 10 1,295 discussions
Phones 16,252 discussions
Windows 7 7,684 discussions
Networking & Wireless 15,215 discussions


Enter for your chance to win* a game hardware bundle

One lucky winner will walk away with a gaming monitor, keyboard and mouse. Two lucky runners-up will score a gaming headset.