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Recycle Bin automatically deleting files, but not set to RRS feed

  • Question

  • Hi,

    I have a workstation where the recycle bin automatically permanently deletes all files when they are dropped into it.  I've right clicked and checked the properties, and the checkbox that enables that functionality is unchecked, but it's still deleting the files anyways.  Is there a registry setting or some other setting that could be over-riding it?  Is this a bug?

    Wednesday, March 20, 2013 3:45 PM

Answers

  • Hi,

    How do you customize your recycle bin size for each disk?  Have you tried to improve the size for a test?

    Meanwhile, removable drives do not use or have a Recycyle Bin. Files deleted from removable drives are permanently deleted instead.


    Alex Zhao
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Thursday, April 4, 2013 9:08 AM
    Friday, March 22, 2013 6:17 AM
  • Hi,

    As Alex said, network drives and removable drives do that by default.   For local drives the default is what you expect, they show in the recycle bin. 

    If there are any local or domain GPOs applied to the computer, check to see if that is the answer.  Logged in as an administrator on the workstation, click Start - Run - rsop.msc

    Once it opens take all the defaults and when it completes, look under User Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Explorer"

    In the right pane, look for the setting "Do not move deleted files to the Recycle bin".  If it is set to "Enabled" then a policy has been applied that will do just that.  You delete a file and it is removed immediately instead of being moved to the recycle bin.

    If it is set then whoever is in charge of the GPO settings for your LAN/Unit/Enterprise has applied that.  RSOP will tell you if it was applied by GPO or local policy.  I have seen that applied locally on a hardened Windows 7 image.

    HTH,

    --Jeffrey

    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Thursday, April 4, 2013 9:08 AM
    Friday, March 29, 2013 4:33 PM

All replies

  • Hi,

    How do you customize your recycle bin size for each disk?  Have you tried to improve the size for a test?

    Meanwhile, removable drives do not use or have a Recycyle Bin. Files deleted from removable drives are permanently deleted instead.


    Alex Zhao
    TechNet Community Support

    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Thursday, April 4, 2013 9:08 AM
    Friday, March 22, 2013 6:17 AM
  • Hi,

    As Alex said, network drives and removable drives do that by default.   For local drives the default is what you expect, they show in the recycle bin. 

    If there are any local or domain GPOs applied to the computer, check to see if that is the answer.  Logged in as an administrator on the workstation, click Start - Run - rsop.msc

    Once it opens take all the defaults and when it completes, look under User Configuration - Administrative Templates - Windows Explorer"

    In the right pane, look for the setting "Do not move deleted files to the Recycle bin".  If it is set to "Enabled" then a policy has been applied that will do just that.  You delete a file and it is removed immediately instead of being moved to the recycle bin.

    If it is set then whoever is in charge of the GPO settings for your LAN/Unit/Enterprise has applied that.  RSOP will tell you if it was applied by GPO or local policy.  I have seen that applied locally on a hardened Windows 7 image.

    HTH,

    --Jeffrey

    • Marked as answer by Cloud_TS Thursday, April 4, 2013 9:08 AM
    Friday, March 29, 2013 4:33 PM