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Deleted files do not go to Recycle Bin

by sajjansinghania / April 27, 2012 2:18 AM PDT
I give below my computer details :

1. Intel Dual Core Processor
2. Windows Xp Prof Sp3 (latest Windows updated)
3. 1 Tb hard disk divided into 4 partitions each using less than 45% of partition space
4. Maximum size of Recycle Bin (percent of each drive) has been tweaked to 100%
5. Normally all my data files are more than 500 MB to 1500 MB

I assume that when I delete files by mistake, all of them must go to Recycle Bin but this is not so. If I delete 9 files maybe 3 are visible in Recycle Bin for restore. When deleted how many are moved to Recycle Bin and how many files get lost.

I need help for proper tweak or software to ensure all files go to Recycle Bin.

Please help.
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Deleted files do not go to Recycle Bin
by sajjansinghania / April 27, 2012 3:02 AM PDT
I missed a vital point while describing my problem which is as below:

When I accidentally deleted files, I realized this immediately. I went to Recycle Bin for recovery without doing anything else. Therefore there was no chance that the deleted files were overwritten.
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Re: recycle bin
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 27, 2012 3:27 AM PDT

You can set a few properties of the recycle bin on a per drive basis. So each drive may be different.

http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Change-the-Recycle-Bin-settings?SignedIn=1 tells about the settings for Vista, but I believe they are the same for XP. So either all files from a drive should go to the recycle bin (unless you use shift-del to delete them) or none.
There's no way to do it for 3 out of 9 files. If that happens we you, something is wrong. In that case: a clean install of the OS should help.

Kees

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Re: recycle bin
by sajjansinghania / April 27, 2012 4:32 AM PDT
In reply to: Re: recycle bin

"You can set a few properties of the recycle bin on a per drive basis. So each drive may be different. http://windows.microsoft.com/en-US/windows-vista/Change-the-Recycle-Bin-settings?SignedIn=1 tells about the settings for Vista, but I believe they are the same for XP. So either all files from a drive should go to the recycle bin"

I have already explained that : Maximum size of Recycle Bin (percent of each drive) has been tweaked to 100%

"There's no way to do it for 3 out of 9 files. If that happens we you, something is wrong. In that case: a clean install of the OS should help"

If I delete 9 files maybe 3 are visible in Recycle Bin for restore is only an example but does not mean every time I delete 9 files I find 3 to restore. There could be 5 some times or even none at another time. I never use Shift-Delete to delete. I may also state that my install is fresh and clean. I do not think my problem relates to defective install.

However Kees_B Sir, I thank you for your reply but shall wait for more and better.

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Re: recycle bin
by Kees_B Forum moderator / April 27, 2012 11:28 PM PDT
In reply to: Re: recycle bin

The only thing I can think of: Microsoft made XP in such a way that files greater than a certain size (say 1 GB, if yours are between 500 and 1500 MB) never go to the recycle bin. Can you pinpoint such a limit in what happens with you?

http://www.ehow.com/info_8165247_kind-file-bypasses-recycle-bin.html doesn't give any indication this could be the case. If it is, you've discovered a new feature of Windows (or should we call it a bug?).

What does Microsoft tech support say about the issue, if you contact them?

Kees

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